Teacher Charged With 15 Counts of Child Sexual Abuse
A teacher with Chandler Public Schools has been arrested and charged with 15 counts of child sexual abuse. 40-year-old Warren Hitchcock taught jazz band and special education classes. Last week, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation was asked to investigate Hitchcock for child sexual abuse. Investigators searched his home on Thursday and charged him with one count of a violation of the Oklahoma Computer Crimes Act, along with the 15 counts of child sexual abuse.
Assistant Special Agent in Charge Adam Whitney said that the abuse “spans several years.” However, authorities would not say whether more than one child was abused by Hitchcock.
Other victims and anyone with information related to this case has been urged to contact the OSBI tip line at (800) 522-8017.
Legal Rights of Child Sexual Abuse Survivors
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com has a background as a sex crimes prosecutor and currently represents survivors of sexual violence in civil lawsuits. Here is his perspective on the legal options available to families affected by child sexual abuse by school employees:
Sadly, cases of teachers sexually abusing students regularly make headlines across the country. Schools and other environments that involve working with kids often attract sexual predators who use their positions of trust as a means to sexually abuse children. When this happens, it’s important that the victims get justice and that the perpetrators and their enablers are held accountable.
Some cases of school employee sexual abuse are the result of negligence on the part of the school district, such as failing to run a background check before hiring a new employee or failing to report allegations of sexual misconduct to law enforcement. When negligence is a factor, the victim and their family may have grounds for a lawsuit against the school district.
If you or your child has been sexually abused by a school employee, we understand the troubles you’re facing. You can learn more about your family’s legal options and how you can find justice by speaking to an experienced sexual abuse survivors attorney.