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A Navarro County Grand Jury has indicted Ramon Santuario-Mendoza, 48, on eight counts of sexual abuse.

The Grand Jury returned one indictment for continuous sexual abuse of a child under 14 and seven for indecency with a child by sexual contact on Thursday, June 20.

Mendoza, a former third grade teacher at Sam Houston Elementary School, was first arrested in April on six charges of indecency with a child by sexual contact.

Mendoza was rearrested by the Navarro County Sheriff's Office, Corsicana ISD Police, and the United States Marshals North Texas Fugitive Task Force, just five days after his release on bond, and charged with six more counts of indecency, bringing the total to 12, with bonds set at $100,000 per offense.

Mendoza remains in the custody of the Navarro County Jail.

Of the nine victims to come forward, seven reported being touched on the breasts by Mendoza, while two reported that Mendoza had touched their genitals and made them touch his.

According to arrest affidavits, the assaults are reported to have taken place in Mendoza's classroom in 2017 and 2018.

The seven counts of indecency with a child by sexual contact are second degree felonies; continuous sexual abuse of a child is a first degree felony, carrying a minimum punishment of 25 years.

Corsicana Independent School District Police Department lead the investigation with assistance from the Navarro County Child Advocacy Center who conducted forensic interviews.

In May, the Corsicana Independent School District Board accepted the proposed termination of Mendoza’s term-contract at a special meeting that took approximately three minutes.