Ex-Orchard Elementary School Teacher Charged with Sexual Abuse
A former teacher at Orchard Elementary School in Billings has been charged with sexually abusing two students. 30-year-old Brent David Skelton has pleaded not guilty to two charges of felony sexual assault.
Skelton was a fifth-grade teacher at the school and is accused of sexually abusing two female students, ages 11 and 12, in the classroom. According to court documents, Skelton allegedly sent “inappropriate” text messages to the girls and touched them under their underwear during class.
He is also accused of giving the girls back rubs and moving his hands towards their private parts. Another student from the class told investigators that she saw the frequent touching and that it made her feel uncomfortable.
According to Billings School District 2 Superintendent Greg Upham, the school learned about the allegations against Skelton this summer when a parent came forward. This led to an internal investigation by the school district. Shortly after that investigation, the Billings Police Department was notified.
The school placed Skelton on administrative leave at the beginning of the investigation. He resigned before his arrest on Thursday, September 19.
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Legal Rights of School Sex Abuse Victims & Their Parents
Sexual abuse by teachers is a major issue plaguing schools nationwide. We’ve asked attorney contributor Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com to share some thoughts on the legal options available to school sex abuse victims and their families:
In education and other fields that involve working with children, it’s extremely important to make sure that all employees are trustworthy. Unfortunately, sexual predators are often found in these fields, as they seek to use their positions of trust and authority as a way to commit heinous crimes against children.
When a child comes forward to tell someone that they’ve been sexually abused by a teacher or another school employee, there are a few things to consider. First, the allegations should be reported to law enforcement so that they can be investigated and the accused can be removed from their position. Additionally, it’s important to determine if the school enabled the abuse due to negligence – such as failing to run a background check.
In cases that involve negligence, the victim and their family may have grounds for a lawsuit against the school or school district.
If you or your child is a survivor of sexual abuse by a teacher or another school staff member, you can learn more about your legal rights by speaking with an experienced sex abuse victims attorney in a free consultation.
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