Patch.com has reported that sexual abuse allegations have been made against an employee at the Brentwood School District located at 52 Third Avenue Brentwood, NY 11717.
On January 14, 2022, the district launched a letter explaining that one of its employees had been accused of sexual abuse. The employee has since been reassigned to avoid contact with children during the investigation. The district began this investigation after receiving an anonymous letter accusing the staff member of sexual abuse.
Within the Brentwood School District are the following schools:
Attorney contributor Laurence Banville represents school sex abuse victims and their families in civil lawsuits. Laurence shared his thoughts on the legal rights of students sexually abused by school employees.
"School districts should hold the safety of their students as a top priority. Protections against predators and school sexual abuse should be a part of every school's safety plan. Unfortunately, sexual predators sometimes are hired to work within the schools and the school districts. When this happens, they can easily exploit their positions of trust to abuse students. School districts should conduct extensive background checks on all staff members, in addition to having cameras on the campus and an easy reporting system."
"When a school district fails to uphold their legal duty to provide safety measures to reduce the risks of crimes, such as sexual abuse, they can be considered negligent. A full investigation should ensue when a school employee is charged with sexually abusing a student. Along with the police investigation of the perpetrator, the school should also be investigated for safety negligence. Too often, cases of abuse are preventable and only happen due to the school's failure to protect its students.
A school district might be considered liable if they ignored past complaints of misconduct but neglected to report the employee. When negligence is a factor, school sexual abuse victims and their families could have grounds for a lawsuit against the school district. Victims and their families are advised to seek legal guidance from an experienced school sexual abuse attorney in their state to go over any statute of limitations."