A former St. Viator High School counselor has been arrested for allegedly sexually abusing a student at the school in suburban Arlington Heights. Joseph Majkowski was arrested on December 27 and was charged with criminal sexual abuse.
The alleged incident of abuse happened in May, according to the police. The student reported the allegations to the authorities in October.
Majkowski is accused of rubbing the student’s chest, breasts, and shoulders over top of her clothing while the two were inside of his office at the high school.
This is not the first time Majkowski has been accused of misconduct with students. Earlier in 2019, he was arrested on four counts of disorderly conduct for allegedly sending inappropriate text messages to four St. Viator High School students while he was still working as a counselor there.
He was set to retire in June but was escorted off campus by police one day before his retirement after the text message allegations surfaced.
School sex abuse lawyer and Legal Herald contributor Brian Kent represents sex abuse victims and their families, helping them find justice against sexual predators and negligent third parties. Brian has offered to share some of his knowledge on the legal rights of school sex abuse victims and their families:
No student should ever have to worry about sexual harassment or sexual assault from teachers, counselors, or any other school employee. But sadly, there have been reports of school staff members sexually abusing students throughout the United States. School officials must do everything they can to prevent this type of abuse.
In some school sex abuse cases, the abuse may have been prevented if not for negligence by the school. For example, a school could be considered negligent for ignoring previous complaints of sexual misconduct or inappropriate behavior involving a teacher who was later arrested on sexual abuse charges. In cases of negligence, the victims and their families may have the right to file a lawsuit against the school.
If you or your child is a survivor of sexual abuse by a school employee, you can learn more about your legal rights in a free consultation with one of our experienced sex abuse survivors lawyers.