Stone Elementary School Teacher Charged with Sexual Battery
Stone Elementary School teacher and Cumberland County Commissioner Michael Speich has been charged with sexual battery by an authority figure and providing alcohol to a minor. Speich represents the 6th District in Cumberland County and teaches math at Stone Elementary School.
Speich was arrested at 2:35 p.m. on Monday, June 24 and released on bond shortly after 4 p.m. after being indicted by a Cumberland Grand Jury.
According to a press release, the abuse happened on a property owned by Speich, not on the school’s campus. The investigation began based on allegations that he had provided alcohol to the student, and eventually, investigators found evidence of sexual abuse as well.
The press release goes on to state that “The investigation is very much on-going. If the public is aware of any other potential victims of similar abuse by this defendant, please contact the Office of the District Attorney General at (931) 484-8732.
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Legal Options Available to Victims of Sexual Abuse by Teachers
Attorney contributor Brian Kent is part of AbuseGuardian.com, a national alliance of sex abuse victims attorneys. He and his team of former sex crimes prosecutors specialize in helping survivors find justice through civil lawsuits. Here is Brian with some general thoughts on the legal options available to teacher sex abuse victims and their families:
Teachers and other professionals who work with children must be trustworthy, as these fields are often targeted by sexual predators. School administrators must stay aware of the threat these predators pose to their students and do all in their power to keep predators out of their schools. But sadly, our sex abuse survivors attorneys regularly see cases of teachers, coaches, and other school employees abusing their students.
When a student comes forward to report sexual abuse by a school staff member, there are a few things to consider. The alleged abuse must be reported to law enforcement, the perpetrator must be investigated and prosecuted, and the school should also be investigated to determine if they met their legal duty to keep their students safe.
In cases where the school district failed to protect their students from sexual predators due to negligence, the victims and their families may have grounds for a lawsuit.
You can learn more about your legal options as a survivor of sexual abuse by speaking with an experienced sex abuse survivors attorney.
Location of Stone Elementary School in Crossville, TN
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