East Tech Security Guard Accused of Sexually Assaulting 2 More Victims
A former East Technical High School security guard who was originally indicted in November for the sexual assault of a student has now been indicted on charges related to two more victims.
29-year-old Derrick Dugger was first indicted on November 30, 2018 on several charged related to the alleged sexual assault of a 15-year-old special needs student at East Technical High. He was charged with two counts of rape, two counts of sexual battery, and one count of importuning. The school suspended him once these allegations were brought to light.
On February 8, Dugger was indicted on two felony counts of gross sexual imposition for alleged offenses involving two more young victims. Court records say that Dugger inappropriately touched two 15-year-old girls between May and October of 2018. However, these records do not state if the abuse happened at the school or if these two additional victims were also students at East Tech.
Dugger is scheduled to appear in court again on February 25. He has been out on bond since his arrest for the first indictment.
Justice for School Sexual Abuse Victims and Their Families
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com is a former sex crimes prosecutor who now represents survivors of sexual abuse in civil lawsuits. Here is some insight from Brian on the legal options available to victims of school sex abuse and their families:
The individuals running our schools need to prioritize the safety of their students, as this is just as important as the quality of their education. Administrators need to be aware that sexual predators often seek out positions in schools and other workplaces where they’ll be in positions of trust around children. Preventative measures must be put in place in order to keep students safe from the threat of sexual abuse. When a school employee abuses students, it’s important to both prosecute the abuser and to determine if the school could have done more to prevent the abuse.
For example, a school might be considered negligent in a case of sexual abuse if they failed to investigate or report previous allegations of sexual misconduct regarding an employee. Another example would be a failure to run a background check which led to the hiring of an employee with a history of sexual misconduct.
In cases involving negligence, the victims and their families may have grounds for a lawsuit against the school. If you or your child has been sexually abused by a school employee and you’d like to learn more about your legal options, we advise consulting with an experienced sexual abuse survivors attorney.