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Affidavit: Garland girl feared retaliation in waiting to report rape

A teenage girl in Garland, fearing she would be harmed, waited nearly five months to accuse a teaching assistant of raping her in January, according to a court document.

Dennis Connor, 27, of Garland, was being held Wednesday at Dallas County jail, with bail set at $25,000, jail records showed. He is charged with aggravated sexual assault of child.

Connor was arrested Monday afternoon after police received an "outcry" from a student at Naaman Forest High School, police said.

School officials said Connor was hired in August 2009 to be a teacher's aide for a job skills program. He was placed on paid leave after his arrest.

The student said "Coach Connor" frequently complimented her appearance while passing her in the hallways, according to an arrest warrant affidavit in the case.

The student's name was redacted from the affidavit, but the document noted that she was "younger than 17 years of age."

Connor, according to the document, "had commented to her about being beautiful and had obtained her cell phone number and began a text message relationship."

Then one day in late January, Connor "came and got her from class and took her to his office," the affidavit stated.

Connor again told the girl that "she was a beautiful young lady" and "that she had a bright future ahead of her," according to the document.

The girl said "she enjoyed the attention" and thought Connor "was cute," the affidavit stated.

But then the man moved toward the girl, which made her uncomfortable, so she tried to leave, telling him she had to take a test, according to the affidavit.

Next, the man grabbed her, then raped her, the document stated.

After about 10-15 minutes, Connor pushed the girl back "and told her to get up and leave, he was finished," the affidavit stated.

The girl told police that Connor "threatened her with telling anyone what happened and that she was too scared to say anything until now," according to the document.

On May 21, a woman called police to say her friend had a daughter (the accuser) who wanted to report that she had been raped in January, according to the affidavit.

Police contacted the girl, which resulted in Connor's arrest on Monday.

Officer Joe Harn, police spokesman, said Tuesday that investigators had not ruled out the possibility of inappropriate relationships between Connor and other students.

Anyone with information about Connor can call Garland Crime Stoppers at 972-272-8477, Harn said.

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