Former Stevens High School Employee Accused of Sexually Assaulting a Student
A former substitute teacher at Stevens High School in Claremont has been charged with sexually assaulting an adult student with special needs. 78-year-old George Caccavaro faces two counts of sexual assault. Caccavaro is also a former mayor of Claremont.
Court documents say that Caccavaro went on weekly field trips with the victim. During one of these trips, police say he grabbed the victim’s buttocks and pressed his groin against her during a hug. At least two people witnessed this incident.
According to the police, Caccavaro told them that, “Two people saw it, so how could I sit here and say it didn’t happen. I’d be straight out lying.” He then allegedly admitted that he knew what he did was wrong.
This incident was first reported in February by the student’s grandmother and this and led to a months-long police investigation. Caccavaro turned himself in on Monday, October 21.
According to the affidavit, the student’s mother told police that her daughter was afraid to return to the school after the assault.
The affidavit also states that a Stevens High School teacher reported having seen Caccavaro kiss the same student on the cheek before Christmas vacation in 2018.
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Legal Options For School Sex Abuse Victims & Their Families
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com is a sex abuse victims attorney who specializes in cases involving sexual predators in positions of trust. Brian has represented families who have been affected by sexual abuse involving teachers and other school employees. Here are a few of his thoughts on the legal rights of these victims and families:
Sadly, education and other fields that involve working with children are often targeted by sexual predators. These predators place themselves in positions of trust, where they’ll frequently spend time with children. Our schools must make sure that employees are trustworthy and when allegations of sexual abuse do arise, they must be taken seriously.
When a teacher is charged with sexually abusing a student, it’s important to investigate that teacher and to also determine if negligence by the school played a role in enabling the abuse. For example, the school could be considered negligent if previous reports of inappropriate behavior by the teacher were mishandled.
In cases that involve negligence, the victims and their families may have grounds for a lawsuit against the school. 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 experienced sexual abuse victims lawyers.
Stevens High School in Claremont, NH
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