According to the Patch, a Camden Catholic High School teacher has been arrested and charged for repeatedly sexually assaulting a 17-year-old student.
The 36-year-old teacher, Bridget Sipera, supposedly began assaulting the student in January of 2019. The student was in Sipera’s class. The assaults allegedly continued through March of 2020.
Detectives stated Sipera admitted to sexually assaulting the student in multiple towns. Sipera is charged with one count of second-degree sexual assault and one count of second-degree endangering the welfare of a child. Due to the assaults occurring in different towns, she may face more charges.
Attorney Brian Kent is an experienced sexual assault lawyer. Kent assists sexual assault victims in determining their rights as well as receive compensation for their assault. Below, Kent provided insight on the legal rights of victims sexually assaulted in a school.
“Sexual predators place themselves in positions of power and trust. We see this continuously as teachers are convicted of sexually assaulting their students. These positions as school staff members provide abusers to engage privately with students without seeming suspicious. However, schools are responsible for providing a safe learning environment and must introduce proper security measures to ensure students’ safety.”
“Schools must do their best to ensure the safety of their students. To provide a safe learning environment, the school could put applicants through multiple screenings for background checks, make an easy report system for students, and install security cameras. If a school fails to introduce adequate security to their facilities, they could be considered negligent in a sexual assault lawsuit. If a victim’s lawyer proves in court that an organization did not adequately attempt to prevent sexual assaults from occurring on their grounds, the organization may be held liable. Victims and their families should know they may have grounds for a civil lawsuit and receive compensation for damages.”