According to the Santa Barbara Independent, a former music teacher has been accused of sexually abusing multiple students at Cate School located at 1960 Cate Mesa Rd, Carpinteria, CA 93013.
Police issued a warrant to begin an investigation regarding allegations that Da’Jon Tyrik James, a former teacher, had sexually abused both former and current students. James was employed at the four-year private college prep school for only six months before he was fired in February 2020.
Detectives have stated that they have already identified many of James' alleged victims. The victims of the alleged sexual assault that took place on school grounds are a mix of both current and former students.
James' has been arrested in Boulder, Colorado, on similar charges that took place at a school he is currently employed at. According to detectives in Boulder, four female victims have come forward with allegations that he touched them in a sexual manner, including fondling, used inappropriate language, and showed them sexually explicit images while on school grounds. The victims also allege that the suspect subjected them to inappropriate kissing on their forehead and prolonged hugging. James is facing multiple sexual abuse charges.
According to Cal Coastal News, a former teacher at Cate School has been accused of sexually assaulting students at the school.
Authorities have not yet identified the former teacher. The teacher allegedly sexually abused former and currently enrolled students on the school property while employed, reported the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office.
The investigation began on April 1st after receiving reports of alleged sexual assault victims. The Santa Barbara County District Attorney's investigators served warrants at the Cate School campus on June 24th in attempts to gather evidence. Detectives identified several victims of sexual assault; however, detectives believe there may be additional victims.
Attorney contributor Bobby Thompson, an experienced sexual assault attorney, has represented numerous victims of sexual abuse in civil lawsuits. Below, Bobby provides insight on the legal options of victims abused sexually by a teacher.
"Schools and administrations have a legal obligation to protect the students enrolled and provide a safe learning environment. Sadly, there have been numerous cases of teacher sexual assault around the country. To ensure the safety of students, schools should implement security measures. Examples of security measures include, but are not limited to, cameras, guards, reporting systems, and background checks. Schools are required to do their best to ensure students' safety."
"Schools and administrations could be deemed liable in a civil lawsuit if they do not do their best to protect students. Schools could be deemed liable due to negligence. An example of negligence is if misconduct was reported but ignored or not properly investigated. Victims of teacher sexual assault should secure the services of an experienced sexual assault attorney to explore all their legal options. In negligence cases, victims and their families should know they have grounds for a civil lawsuit against the school."