On July 2, 2020, former Mission College contract instructor Raymond Ruiz, 68, of San Jose, was arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a 25-year-old student he met through the Program for Students with Developmental Disabilities, Santa Clara police said.

SANTA CLARA — Mission College has agreed to pay $7.6 million to settle a lawsuit from a physically and mentally disabled woman that says the school failed to protect her from an instructor charged with raping and sexually assaulting her, according to the woman’s attorneys.

The plaintiff, whose name is withheld in a criminal complaint and is referred to as Jane Doe in her lawsuit, alleged that former instructor Raymond Lawrence Ruiz groomed her for as long as two years before an encounter where he took her to a campus restroom, pulled her off her wheelchair, and raped her.

“Imagine this young lady being wheeled into a restroom, knocked off, can’t do anything, and being so helpless,” said plaintiff attorney Mark Boskovich. “The assault itself is so egregious. It makes for a tragic story.”

On July 2, 2020, former Mission College contract instructor Raymond Ruiz, 68, of San Jose, was arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a 25-year-old student he met through the Program for Students with Developmental Disabilities, Santa Clara police said. 

Ruiz, a 71-year-old San Jose resident, was an instructor at the Santa Clara-based college’s defunct Program for Students With Developmental Disabilities, which was aimed at teaching students assorted life skills to help them live independently. According to the lawsuit and criminal charges, Doe is in her mid-to-late 20s and has cerebral palsy and cortical visual impairment, uses a wheelchair, and has the intelligence of a 13-year-old.

Ruiz was arrested in July 2020 and has been charged with rape, kidnapping and two other sexual assault counts, which also encompasses an allegation that after the reported rape — said to have occurred between December 2019 and March 2020, when the program was shut down for the COVID-19 pandemic — Ruiz sexually assaulted Doe in a campus shuttle van.

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