Bethany Freudenthal, Las Cruces Sun-News
Published 6:31 p.m. MT Nov. 16, 2019
LAS CRUCES – Charges have been dismissed in the case against a Las Cruces school teacher, who was originally charged with one count of obstructing an investigation of child abuse or neglect, and one charge of child abuse.
According to court documents the case against Jessica Biszick-Lee, 44, were dismissed last month, because the state needs her to testify at trial against her co-defendant, Bruce Lee, who is also her husband.
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Bruce Lee was arrested July 26, 2018, and charged on three counts of rape and one count of criminal sexual contact, after his DNA was found on the alleged victim during a sexual assault nurse examiner exam. His trial is scheduled to begin March 5, 2020.
Court documents state that in 2015, Biszick-Lee called 911 to report the sexual abuse of a child, but the abuse continued until the child disclosed it to teachers at her school.
According to court documents, the alleged abuse occurred every morning at home, between the time Biszick-Lee would leave for the gym, and the alleged victim’s grandmother would pick her up for school.
The girl told investigators that she had developmental disabilities and didn’t always know if the abuse was real, or a dream, but that one day it hurt, and she knew it was real. That’s when she told her teachers about it.
During the investigation, Biszick-Lee allegedly told investigators that she didn’t believe the girl, because the girl was a habitual liar due to her disabilities. She also told investigators that she didn’t want the girl to submit to a SANE exam.
Lee told investigators that he minimizes interaction with the girl, because she lies, but court documents state Lee’s DNA was found on multiple areas of the girl.
In the 2015 emergency call, Biszick-Lee tells dispatchers that she’d caught Lee in the act and that he’d been doing it for several months.
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