According to Fox 31, a music teacher is accused of sexual assault at Dawson School located at 10455 Dawson Dr, Lafayette, CO 80026.
On Thursday, July 29th, Da’Jon James, a 27-year old music teacher at Dawson School, was taken into custody following allegations of sexual assault on a minor. Dawson School is a private school in Boulder County.
Police say that investigation has been ongoing since February and that the abuse could have happened as far back as January of 2021. As many as four minors have stepped forward. The minors allege that James subjected them to unlawful actions that included inappropriate language, sexually explicit imagery, prolonged hugging, fondling, inappropriate complementing, and inappropriate kissing. All accusations were said to have taken place on the school property during school hours.
James is facing two charges of sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust and one count of unlawful sexual contact. Anyone with information or anyone who feels they were a victim of the suspected crime is asked to contact the detective at Boulder County Police Department.
Attorney contributor Dan Lipman, an experienced sexual abuse lawyer, represents sexually abused victims in civil lawsuits. Below, Dan shares his insight on the rights of victims sexually abused by a teacher.
"Schools have a legal obligation to protect their students. In order to ensure students' safety, they need to implement a level of security measures to ensure they limit the chances of misconduct, such as sexual assault. Additionally, they must do their best to prevent known predators from working in their schools. Unfortunately, there have been numerous cases of teacher sexual assault all across the country. To help prevent sexual abuse from occurring, schools should take actions such as background checks, added security cameras throughout the property, reporting systems, and more."
"In the event of a crime, victims and their families should seek the aid of an experienced sexual abuse lawyer to learn about their legal options. Schools are legally obligated to do their best to prevent abuse from occurring. If they do not, they may be considered liable in a civil lawsuit. Many sexual abuse cases occur due to negligence on behalf of a third party, such as an employer. A good example of neglect would include if an unlawful action was reported and the employer failed to investigate the event adequately. In such cases, victims and their families should know they may have grounds for a civil lawsuit which could include compensation for damages."