Beloit Teacher Accused of Sexually Abusing Child
A Beloit Memorial High School teacher was arrested on Tuesday, February 19 for allegedly sexually assaulting a child. 53-year-old Scott Abbott faces a tentative charge of sexual assault of a child by a school staff person.
According to a news release, police say the investigation is based on a report of inappropriate touching at Beloit Memorial High School. No details have been released regarding when the alleged abuse occurred.
Abbott was arrested at the high school on Tuesday afternoon. He has been placed on administrative leave.
Police say the district and school are both cooperating with the investigation, which is ongoing.
Previous Case of Abuse Involving Teacher at Beloit Memorial High School
This is the second time in the past year that Beloit Memorial High School has made the news for the sexual assault of a student. Last February, former substitute teacher Tyler J. Edge was charged with sexual assault of a student by school staff and repeated sexual assault of the same child.
In that case, police said Edge sexually abused a 14-year-old student over 20 times in Edge’s vehicle, classroom, and office beginning in the spring of 2017.
Legal Recourse for School Sex Abuse Survivors and Their Families
Attorney Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com represents survivors of sexual abuse, helping them recover the financial compensation they deserve for the trauma they’ve suffered. Here are a few of his thoughts on how the legal system can help these survivors and their families find justice:
We all expect the teachers in our communities to be honorable and trustworthy people. While this is usually the case, the unfortunate reality is that sexual predators also seek out positions as teachers in order to use their authority and trust as a means to commit terrible crimes. It is vital for our schools to be aware of this fact and to have preventative measures in place which can protect their students from the threat of sexual abuse.
When a student comes forward about sexual abuse involving a school employee, there are many difficult concerns which need to be addressed. The teacher needs to be removed from the school, arrested, and prosecuted. The victim and their family, along with other students and parents, must be provided with support like counseling. And finally, the school should be investigated to determine if their negligence was partially to blame for the abuse.
For example, a school could be considered negligent if they ignored previous complaints of sexual misconduct involving an employee or if they failed to run a background check before hiring a new employee. In cases of negligence, the victims and their families may have a strong case for a lawsuit.
If you or your child is a survivor of sexual abuse by a school employee, we understand the pain your family is dealing with during this traumatic time. We want to help you demand accountability and find justice. Consider contacting one of our experienced sex abuse survivors lawyers to learn more about your family’s legal options.