Former Central High Teacher Admits Sexually Assaulting 2 Special Education Students
A former teacher from Central High School pleaded no contest on Monday, November 26 to sexually assaulting two special education students at the school. 32-year-old Laura Calladio Ramos pleaded no contest before Superior Court Judge Robert Devlin to two counts of second-degree sexual assault and one count of violating a protective order.
Ramos would have faced up to 25 years in prison if convicted – however, Judge Devlin has said that he will sentence her to a maximum of five years on January 25.
She was initially charged with sexually assaulting an 18-year-old special education student between December 2016 and April 2017 and then faced additional charges after police say she sexually assaulted another student several times, including in a Shelton restaurant.
Additionally, Ramos violated a court order that barred her from any contact with the first victim. On June 22 of this year, police pulled Ramos over when she was driving the first victim to the beach.
Legal Rights For Victims of Child Sexual Abuse by School Employees
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com is a former prosecutor who now represents survivors of sexual violence in civil lawsuits. We have asked him for some information on the legal rights of those who have been sexually abused by school employees:
When we send our kids off to school for the day, we trust that they’re in safe hands. But unfortunately, positions in schools and working with kids can attract sexual predators who use their positions of trust as a way to sexually abuse innocent children. When a teacher, coach, counselor, or another school employee sexually abuses students, it’s important for the victims and their families to get the support they need. These victims have rights in both the criminal justice and civil court systems.
While the criminal justice system will handle the investigation and prosecution of the perpetrator, criminal courts often fail to directly address the needs of the victims. Seeing the perpetrator arrested and taken off the streets helps provide a sense of justice, but civil lawsuits can help provide financial support for victims and hold accountable third parties who failed to stop the abuse – such as a negligent school district.
If you or your child has suffered child sexual abuse by a school employee, we understand the difficulties you face. To learn more about your legal options, consider speaking with one of our experienced sexual abuse survivors attorneys.