Sugar Creek Teacher Arrested on Sexual Assault Allegations
A middle school teacher at Sugar Creek Charter School in Charlotte was arrested on Monday, November 26 based on allegations that he sexually abused a 13-year-old student at the school. 30-year-old Vincent Andrew Littlejohn has been charged with felony indecent liberties against a student, indecent liberties against a child, and two counts of simple assault. He is currently free on $25,000 bail.
The alleged victim’s mother told police that Littlejohn had sexually assaulted her daughter several times over the past few weeks. The police report referred to the assaults as “forcible fondling.”
According to Sugar Creek Director Cheryl Turner, a student reported that Littlejohn had made sexual remarks to her in Spanish. He was placed on administrative leave following these allegations and fired after the police filed criminal charges. These comments were made during class. Additionally, the school reviewed surveillance video from the classroom and saw Littlejohn touching that student’s hair – this is what led to assault charges.
How Victims of Child Sexual Abuse in Schools Can Find Justice
Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com is a former sex crimes prosecutor who has transitioned to civil courts. Today, he helps survivors of sexual assault find justice by filing lawsuits against their perpetrators and negligent third parties. We’ve asked him to share some info on the legal options available to those who have been sexually abused by school staff members:
As parents, the safety and happiness of our children come above all else. But sadly, some of the individuals who regularly work with and watch our children are sexual predators who use their positions of authority as a way to commit disgusting crimes of sexual violence. We regularly see this in the news when teachers, coaches, counselors, and others in positions working with children are arrested for sexual abuse. When this happens, it’s crucial both to attend to the needs of the victims and to make sure all of those involved in the abuse (directly and indirectly) are held accountable.
In cases of sexual abuse involving school employees, both the perpetrator and the school could potentially be considered liable for the abuse. For example, a school may be considered liable if their negligence enabled or failed to prevent abuse – such as failing to report previous reports of sexual misconduct to law enforcement, failing to run a background check before hiring a new employee, or inadequate supervision. In such cases, the victims and their families may have grounds to file a lawsuit against the school.
If you or your child has been sexually abused by a school employee and you’re looking for justice, you can learn more about your legal options by speaking to an experienced sexual assault survivors attorney.