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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

After more than a week of scandal in the Hartford School District, a former administrator was arrested for sending inappropriate texts to a 13-year-old girl. 

Police said they have the evidence they need to show former Hartford Administrator Eduardo Genao was sending sexually inappropriate emails to the teenage girl from New York. Now the girl's mother said she feels at least the wheels of justice are starting to turn.

"I was very relieved. I commend the Hartford police department,” the girl's mother, who wished not to be identified, said. “Their quick attention to this matter shows their ethics and their thoughts toward children."

Speaking to Eyewitness News from her home in New York, the victim's mother expressed relief that Genao was arrested earlier this week. Genao had met the girl a few weeks ago at an event at Bulkeley High School and police said he had been sexting her ever since.

A representative for the family originally reached out to school board members through emails and texts. But nothing was done until the family notified police, which forced Genao's resignation last week. That's when police worked on gathering the evidence they needed.

“We obtained a cell phone, specifically tied to this arrest,” Hartford Police Deputy Chief Brian Foley said. “But we also seized a lot of other electronic evidence as well, some on his persons, some in his office some at his home."

Genao was out on bail on Thursday. At his home, despite the cars in the driveway, there was no answer.

Genao's arrest is the culmination of an embarrassing week for the Hartford School District. Mayor Luke Bronin this week issued a statement saying he would look into the matter and the superintendent of schools said they would now review their procedures if they are notified of possible abuse.

For the victim's mother that is well and good, but she says, they've not reached out to her.

"My daughter and I have received no apology,” the victim’s mother said. “We have had no one reach out from the board of education and it seems to me like they're still trying to cover their tracks."

Eyewitness News asked Hartford police if they are looking into Genao's 11-year history with the school district and if he has ever been reprimanded in the past for inappropriate behavior. Police said that will all be part of the investigation.

Genao is due in court next on April 20.

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