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Baltimore, MD - Baltimore City Public Schools Teacher, Mustafa Pitts, Charged with 2nd Degree Rape and Child Abuse

Baltimore, MD - Baltimore City Public Schools Teacher, Mustafa Pitts, Charged with 2nd Degree Rape and Child Abuse
Published: February 28, 2024
By: Darla Medina
Last Updated on February 28, 2024

Baltimore City Schools Teacher Arrested for Child Rape 

Fox 45 reported that a Baltimore City Schools teacher was arrested on charges of rape, sex abuse of a minor, and assault. Mustafa Pitts, 46, of Baltimore, is facing these serious allegations, according to court documents. Pitts worked as a math teacher at REACH! Partnership, a Baltimore City Public High School, located at 2555 Harford Rd, Baltimore, MD 21218. 

The victim in this disturbing case is identified as a minor family member, a 15-year-old girl. The court documents reveal that Pitts was taken into custody on February 3, 2024, at his residence after an adult contacted the police and reported the crime.

According to the statement of charges, the victim disclosed to investigators that on that fateful day, Pitts instructed her to undress before engaging in sexual intercourse with her. Shockingly, she also revealed that Pitts had been engaging in sexual activities with her for the past five years.

A spokesperson from Baltimore City Public Schools issued a statement confirming that Mustafa Pitts has been employed by the district since August 2021. Following his arrest, he was immediately placed on administrative leave from his position at The Reach! Partnership School. The district expressed its commitment to closely monitor the criminal proceedings and emphasized its dedication to protecting the welfare of students and staff as a fundamental pillar of their educational mission.

FOX45 contacted the Baltimore Police Department (BPD) to inquire about their involvement in the investigation. A spokesperson for the department confirmed that BPD is actively engaged in the case. However, due to the ongoing nature of the investigation, no further details can be disclosed at this time.

Mustafa Pitts is scheduled to appear in court for his preliminary hearing on Anjalih 5, 2024. This distressing incident has sent shockwaves through the community, highlighting the crucial need for vigilance and robust measures to protect the safety and well-being of students within Baltimore City Public Schools.

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Child Abuse Attorney Discusses Legal Rights of School Teacher Abuse Survivors

In response to the distressing incident involving a Baltimore City Schools teacher arrested for the rape of a minor, it is crucial to shed light on the legal options available to victims of school abuse. To take a closer look at the available rights, we sat down with Aaron Blank, a Maryland child sexual abuse lawyer, to discuss civil cases against liable parties in instances of school teacher abuse. Gain valuable insights into the legal theories victims can pursue, the potential damages they can seek, and the importance of seeking justice and accountability.

Editor Darla Medina (DM): Thank you for being here, Mr. Blank.

Aaron Blank, Esq. (AB): Thank you for having me, Darla. It's crucial to address the legal aspects surrounding cases like these to ensure justice for the victims and hold accountable those responsible.

DM: Absolutely, Mr. Blank. So, let's dive into it. In situations where students have been abused by a school teacher, what options do they have to pursue a civil case against those who may be held liable?

AB: When it comes to cases of child abuse by a school teacher, victims and their families may have grounds to file a civil lawsuit against various parties. Firstly, the teacher themselves can be held accountable for their actions. Additionally, depending on the circumstances, the school district, administrators, or even other individuals who had knowledge or failed to take appropriate action to prevent the abuse may be held liable.

DM: That's important information, Mr. Blank. Could you elaborate on the potential legal theories that victims could pursue in such cases?

AB: Certainly, Darla. Victims of child abuse by a school teacher can pursue legal action based on several legal theories. One common theory is negligence, where it can be argued that the school or individuals in positions of authority failed in their duty to protect the students from harm. Another theory is negligent hiring or supervision, which focuses on the school's responsibility to adequately screen and monitor their employees to prevent such abuse. In some instances, victims may also pursue claims of intentional infliction of emotional distress or assault and battery.

DM: Thank you for breaking that down, Mr. Blank. In terms of compensation, what types of damages can victims potentially seek in a civil case?

AB: In civil cases involving child abuse, victims may seek various types of damages. These can include compensatory damages to cover medical expenses, therapy costs, and any other financial losses resulting from the abuse. Additionally, victims may be entitled to seek damages for pain and suffering, emotional distress, and the long-term impact the abuse has had on their lives. In some cases, punitive damages may also be awarded to punish the responsible parties and deter similar behavior in the future.

DM: It's important for abuse victims to understand their legal options. Lastly, is there anything else you would say to victims or their families who may be considering pursuing a civil case?

AB: It is important to prioritize the well-being and safety of the victim. Seeking professional support from therapists, counselors, and support groups is crucial. It's also essential to consult with an experienced child abuse attorney who can guide them through the legal process, protect their rights, and advocate for their best interests. These cases can be complex, emotionally challenging, and time-sensitive, so seeking legal representation as soon as possible is highly recommended.

DM: Thank you, Mr. Blank, for sharing your valuable insights on this important matter. We appreciate your time and expertise.

AB: Thank you, Darla. It's been my pleasure to shed light on this crucial topic and provide information to those who may need it.


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