Charlotte Police Arrest Instructor For Sexual Assault
Police in Charlotte have charged a 52-year-old JROTC instructor at Independence High School with sexually assaulting two female students. The first accusation is from 2010, while the other is from earlier this year.
Bradley Scott Gibson was arrested on Wednesday, September 19 for the alleged sexual assaults of a 15-year-old Independence High student this year and a then-17-year-old student in 2010.
Gibson voluntarily went to police headquarters on Wednesday. After being interviewed, he was arrested and jailed on six counts of indecent liberties with a student and three counts of indecent liberties with a minor.
According to police, they received information on September 12 about the 15-year-old victim being sexually assaulted on school grounds. During the investigation into that allegation, police identified the second female victim. The second victim told police that she was assaulted while a student at Independence High in 2010.
Deputies are currently working to determine if there are any additional victims.
Legal Recourse For Survivors of School Sexual Abuse
Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com is an attorney who specializes in representing the victims of sexual violence in civil court. Here is some of his input into the legal options available to school sexual abuse victims and their families:
Schools are supposed to be safe and educational environments where our young people can grow into well-adjusted, educated adults. But unfortunately, some of the individuals employed by our schools are sexual predators who abuse their positions of trust in order to sexually assault students.
When a student is sexually abused at school, it’s crucial both to hold the perpetrator criminally responsible and to determine if the school is liable for failing to prevent the assault through negligence. An example of such negligence would be failing to run a background check before hiring a staff member with a history of sexual misconduct.
If your child has come forward about sexual abuse by a teacher, coach, or other school staff member, you can learn more about your family’s legal options by speaking with an experienced sexual abuse victims lawyer.
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