Fontana USD

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 12/12/13, 7:15 PM PST | Updated: 6 mins ago

FONTANA >> A woman has filed a $2 million claim against the school district, alleging one of its former police officers raped her in his office.

In the claim, filed Dec. 9, the woman, the mother of a former Fontana High School student and who is not being identified because she is the alleged victim of rape, claimed that Officer John Frank Garcia, 43, of Riverside raped her in a portable classroom that housed his office in May 2011.

Four Fontana Unified Police Department employees have accused Garcia in separate lawsuits of sexually assaulting or raping them. Upland attorney Brian Hanneman is representing them and the mother.

Superintendent Leslie Boozer did not return repeated telephone calls Thursday seeking comment.

Garcia’s attorney, Michael Marlatt, also did not return telephone calls seeking comment.

Hanneman said Garcia has refused to answer any questions about any of the alleged incidents, and has pleaded the Fifth Amendment.

Garcia was in charge of the school district’s Fontana Leadership Intervention Program, or FLIP, for at-risk teens at the time of the alleged rape. He called the woman to his office around 7 p.m. in May 2011, telling the woman he could help her with her 15-year-old daughter who had gotten into trouble for truancy, according to the claim.

After talking briefly about the woman’s daughter, Garcia walked around to where the woman was sitting and sat on the edge of the table. He then grabbed both her breasts and started kissing her on the neck. The woman struggled to break free and repeatedly told Garcia to stop, to no avail, according to the claim.

Garcia pulled the woman up, shoved her onto the desk and raped her, according to the claim.

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