Moreno Valley Unified School District officials have been targeted in a federal lawsuit alleging they attempted to cover up the repeated sexual assault of a developmentally disabled third-grader, even as they failed to keep her and her alleged assailant apart and actually encouraged them to be friends.

Additionally, the suit filed by the girl’s mother claims the principal of Honey Hollow Elementary School “coerced” the girl into signing a statement — without a parent present — “in an unconscionable attempt to mitigate their liability.” The girl’s mother has repeatedly asked for a copy of the statement, but the school would not turn it over, the suit alleges.

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