According to the Chicago Sun-Times, a physical education teacher has been placed on leave after allegations of inappropriate conduct with students surfaced.
Robert Geiger has worked at Whitney Young Magnet High School for 15 years. Several recent graduates accused Geiger of sexually inappropriate comments and behavior towards female students at the school.
These complaints also accused the administration under Principal Joyce Kenner of not urgently addressing concerns. The first complaint against Geiger was allegedly 13 years ago, but he remained in his position.
Geiger said he was aware of the claims that surfaced and denied all allegations when contacted by the Chicago Sun-Times.
Attorney contributor Brian Kent, an experienced sexual assault lawyer, has represented numerous victims sexually abused by a teacher. Below, Brian shares his thoughts on victims' legal options to help them determine their legal rights.
"Unfortunately, across the country, we have seen numerous sexual assault cases regarding teachers and students. Often these sexual predators seek positions of power and trust over students to exploit them sexually. Importantly, schools have a legal obligation to uphold the safety of their students and provide a safe learning environment. To ensure safety, schools should implement security measures, such as easy reporting systems, cameras, and guards."
"If a school does not provide ample security measures and sexual abuse occurs, the school may be considered liable for any crimes. Schools would be considered liable as a result of negligence. An example of negligence is if previous misconduct complaints were made but not properly investigated. Victims and their families should consider securing the services of an experienced sexual assault attorney to learn more about their legal options. In negligence cases, the victim would have grounds for a civil lawsuit against the school."