Fox Valley Lutheran High School Student Reports Sexual Assault by Driving Instructor
A driver’s education teacher has been arrested for allegedly attempting to entice and assault an underage Fox Valley Lutheran High School student. 74-year-old Charles A. Rodgers has been charged with attempted child enticement, attempted sexual assault by a school member, and attempted exposing a child to harmful narrations.
According to a criminal complaint, an associate principal at Fox Valley Lutheran High School contacted police after a student told the principal about inappropriate behavior by her former driver’s education teacher.
Rodgers worked for Tri-County Driving School, which has a contract with Fox Valley Lutheran for driving instruction and driver’s ed classes.
The victim told police that when she was 15 years old, Rodgers touched her inappropriately and made inappropriate comments towards her during driving lessons. She also gave police a love letter that Rodgers wrote her after she got her driver’s license.
She also told police that Rodgers would frequently text her. A police officer pretended to be the victim during a text conversation with Rodgers on March 12, during which he allegedly talked about being infatuated with the victim. He then allegedly offered to pick her up and go to a park in Appleton for sex.
Rodgers was employed with Tri-County Driving School for 17 years and told police that he taught at all schools in the Appleton area.
Legal Recourse for School Employee Abuse Victims and Their Families
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com is a former sex crimes prosecutor who now represents survivors of sexual violence in civil lawsuits. Here is some insight from Brian on the ways the legal system can help these survivors and their families find justice:
Our schools have a critical responsibility to keep their students safe. But tragically, school employees are arrested every week on allegations of sexually abusing students. Sexual predators seek out positions in schools and other fields that involve working with kids. Our schools must be aware of the dangers of these predators and do all that they can to protect their students from them.
In some cases of sexual abuse involving school employees, the abuse may have been prevented if it weren’t for the school’s negligence. For example, a school could be considered negligent if they ignored reports of sexual misconduct involving an employee and allowed that employee to continue working. Cases which involve negligence often result in a lawsuit by the victims and their families.
If you or someone you love is a survivor of sexual abuse by a school employee, we understand how traumatic this time has been for your family and we want to help. You can learn more about your legal options from one of our experienced sexual abuse survivors attorneys.
Location of Tri-County Driving School in Appleton, WI