School Officials: Cardigan Mountain Employee Admitted to Sexual Misconduct
In July, a female employee of the elite all-boys Cardigan Mountain School was fired after reportedly admitted to engaging in sexual contact with a student at the school, according to school officials.
School officials sent a letter to parents on July 10, which stated that they were made aware of sexual abuse allegations against Kimberly Wennik in the first week of July. Wennick managed the school store and mailroom.
Administrators were notified of the allegations by law enforcement and confronted Wennik the same day. According to the letter, she “admitted this misconduct” and was immediately fired.
The letter goes on to state that “We are cooperating fully with local authorities as they continue their investigation and take their next steps.” The school has also pledged to partner with an independent investigator to determine how the misconduct remained undetected.
Wennik was living on campus at the time when she was fired.
This matter remains under investigation by the Canaan Police Department.
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Legal Options For School Sex Abuse Victims & Their Families
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com is a former sex crimes prosecutor who represents school sex abuse victims and their families in civil lawsuits. We’ve asked Brian to share some information regarding the legal rights of these victims and families:
Schools have a legal duty to make sure that their students are as safe as possible. This legal duty includes protecting students from sexual predators. Preventative measures can help reduce the risk of students becoming victims. Additionally, any suspected abuse or complaints of sexual misconduct must be reported to law enforcement.
If a student comes forward to report sexual abuse by a teacher to law enforcement, both the accused and the school itself should be investigated. The accused party will be the subject of a criminal investigation, while the school can also be investigated for a potential civil lawsuit if their negligence allowed the abuse to occur.
For example, a school might be considered negligent if they had failed to report complaints of sexual misconduct involving a teacher to law enforcement.
If you or your child is a survivor of sexual abuse by a school employee, you can learn more about your family’s legal options by speaking with an experienced sex abuse victims lawyer.
Location of Cardigan Mountain School in Canaan, NH
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