Family of boy assaulted at Wal-Mart sues retailer

Staff Report

The Associated Press

HOUSTON (AP) - The family of a boy who was sexually assaulted at a Friendswood Wal-Mart by a store employee is suing the retailer.  The lawsuit alleges Wal-Mart was negligent in hiring and

supervising a store janitor who later pleaded guilty in the boy's assault.

The suit seeks more than $100,000 in damages for the boy's pain and suffering, as well as medical expenses.

A message was left today with Wal-Mart officials.

According to the lawsuit, the then 13-year-old boy went with his mother to a Wal-Mart Supercenter on August 2005. When he went the bathroom, a janitor pushed him into a stall and sexually assaulted him.

Amlicar Dagoberto Henriquez was arrested after the boy identified him. He pleaded guilty to indecency with a child, and was sentenced to eight years in prison.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is the world's largest retailer.