According to Click Orlando, a teacher has been fired and arrested for engaging in sex acts with a student at Wekiva High School, located at 2501 Hiawassee Rd, Apopka, FL 32703.
On Tuesday, March 29, 2022, 25-year-old Keith Bakari Ivey II was arrested. Ivey, a teacher and assistant baseball coach at the high school, has been accused of having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student. The abuse, which included the student performing sex acts on the teacher, took place in a closet in his classroom. The school resource officer was informed of the rumored relationship by another student.
Orange County Public School board officials disclosed that Ivey was terminated on Monday. He is facing charges including soliciting sexual activity with a child and sexual battery on a child under the age of 18.
Attorney contributor Michael Haggard is an experienced sex abuse lawyer who represents victims of school sex abuse in private civil suits. Michael recently shared his insight regarding when a family can sue if their child was sexually abused at a high school.
"Schools have a hefty legal and moral responsibility to keep their students safe from dangers, including sexual predators. Unfortunately, sexual predators gain employment within a high school, allowing them direct access to many vulnerable children. When a teacher is charged with sexual misconduct, it's critical to determine if the abuse could have been prevented. If the investigation reveals that the school failed to fulfill its responsibility of performing background checks, it may be held liable. The victim can file a lawsuit in many cases involving school safety neglect."
"Furthermore, if the school was aware of previous inappropriate behavior or sexual misconduct by the teacher but neglected to report the complaints, the school or district could be deemed negligent and be held accountable. Victims of high school sexual abuse may have grounds to file a lawsuit against the school in cases of negligence. Victims and their families are encouraged to consult with an experienced sex abuse lawyer about their legal options."