Twenty-Five Years Later, First Alleged Reyes Victim Speaks-Out
May 7, 2013 at 9:23 PM CST
May 7, 2013
The attorney general has released more documents concerning former coach Javier Reyes. In a complaint filed back in 2009, Reyes is accused of hugging a female cross-country athlete and sticking his hand between her sweater and shirt. It then goes on to say he smelled her neck and said, quote, "you always smell good." The code of ethics and standards had been enforced by UISD, telling Reyes to not engage in any inappropriate behavior with students. We were able to find the first victim to formally accuse Reyes back in 1988. She spoke to only our cameras about how Reyes changed her life for the worse. 25-years-ago, 15-year-old Becky Pierce tried to stop Reyes from fondling her. "It was a volleyball tournament and it was coach Reyes who was going to bring me home and two other girls home and he didn't. He went to, I guess you call it a parking area. It was property he supposedly owned out on highway 16 and things just went from there." The indictment read that Reyes was touching the breast of Becky Pierce with intent to arouse and gratify the sexual desire of Reyes. He was indicted by a grand jury. But the family said they had to drop the charges after multiple threats. "They cut my tires first, then they put a bullet hole in the center post of my car and the back door, like they were shooting the driver." They filed a report with the Zapata county sheriff's office. When we requested a copy of that report, office officials said they don't keep records from that long ago. All of the stress and the constant threats were enough to force Becky to move away. It took her ten years to build up the courage to return where she once called home. "I was scared to go out on the streets and football games and school functions and I wasn't treated the same. I wasn't treated the same because I was looked at as lying." When a complaint was first filed with Zapata High School, the school dismissed the charges, stating in a letter there was not enough evidence. That's when the family had to take things further and formally charge him in court. "I tried 25 years ago to do everything. I told the truth, I put myself out there. My mom spent lots of money on attorneys and we did everything we could. I didn't want him to go to jail; I didn't want any money. I just wanted him to stop. I didn't want any one else to go through this and it really breaks my heart that so many other girls had to go through this." As Becky hears of the current charges Reyes is facing, including sexual assault and indecency with a child with sexual contact, she hopes it stops here, for good. "I hope they put him away. I hope now they put him away for good because he doesn't deserve to walk the streets, he does not." Reyes resigned from Zapata Independent School District, just like he did here at United ISD. Becky's mother still is in shock Reyes has been allowed to teach all these years. "Like the system failed us completely. How many more girls had to pay for that because the system failed?” We've contacted Javier Reyes by phone. He responded by fax with Becky's complaint withdrawal form from 1990 withdrawing her complaint against Reyes.