According to WJLA, a Maryland high school teacher faces sexual assault charges in connection to a female student at the school.
Sean Donovan, 29-years-old, teaches at Bowie High School in Maryland. A student reported to a member of her family that she had a relationship with Donovan, resulting in an investigation. The investigation disclosed that student and Donovan did have a relationship and engaged in sexual contact multiple times on school grounds.
Donovan now faces charges of sexual abuse of a minor, third-degree sex offense, and related charges.
Attorney Aaron Blank, an experienced sexual abuse lawyer, represents victims who have been sexually assaulted. In an interview, we asked Aaron to share his insight about victims’ rights if a teacher has sexually abused them.
“Sexual predators often attempt to place themselves in jobs where they are put in positions of power and trust near children, which has been seen when predators target jobs within schools as teachers or coaches. Due to the high number of sexual abuse cases at schools, the school administration must limit sexual abuse chances. It is the school’s responsibility to provide a safe learning environment for students.”
“To ensure the safety of students, schools must implement certain measures to lower the chances of danger and sexual assault. Schools can implement safety measures such as having an easy-reporting system, so if sexually assaulted, the student knows who to call and how to report their abuse. If a school doesn’t take necessary precautions to prevent a sexual assault, they may be held liable for negligence. An example of negligence is if previous reports were filed against a teacher, but they’re still permitted to work. In cases of negligence, victims and their family should know they may have grounds for a lawsuit.”