Former JROTC instructor Brian Travis was arrested at O’Hare International Airport on Christmas morning for allegedly sexually assaulting a female student at Roosevelt High School in Chicago. If you are looking for lawyer commentary about lawsuits on sexual assault by JROTC instructors, continue reading to the second part of this article.
The 46-year-old Travis is accused of sexually assaulting the girl between 2018 and 2019 while he was an instructor at the school. He has also been accused of threatening in the girl from a position of authority. The girl was 16 and 17 years old at the time of the alleged abuse.
Chicago Public Schools released a statement saying that Travis worked as a JROTC instructor at Roosevelt from 2015 until the end of the 2018-19 school year. According to the district, he left Roosevelt before the current school year and was working at the district’s JROTC Office as a staffing manager prior to his removal on December 3 of this year.
Travis has been charged with criminal sexual assault of a victim 13-17 and assault.
Attorney Brian Kent represents sex abuse victims and their families in civil lawsuits against sexual predators and negligent third parties, such as schools that have failed to protect their students from sexual predators. Here is Brian with some information on the legal rights of school sex abuse victims and their families:
Teachers and other school employees are trusted with students and parents expect that their children are safe during the school day. Most school staff members are trustworthy people, but sadly, there have also been many reports of school employees sexually abusing students. School administrators have a responsibility to do everything they can to prevent these crimes and to protect their students.
Victims of sexual abuse by school employees may be able to find justice by reporting the crime to law enforcement, but this is not the only way to find justice. In these cases, it’s also important to ask if the school met its legal duty to protect its students.
Some of these cases are preventable and only happen because of negligence. In those cases involving negligence, the victims and their families may also have a case for a lawsuit against the school district.
The Chicago Public Schools district has faced widespread allegations of sexual abuse by school employees and many of the victims in these cases have taken legal action by filing lawsuits against the district.
If you or your child is a victim of sexual abuse by a school employee, you can learn more about your family’s legal options in a free consultation with one of our dedicated sex abuse victims lawyers.