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Crystal Lake, IL - Former Dole Mansion Cello Teacher Convicted of Sexual Assault

Published: August 17, 2020
By: Janean Cuffee
Last Updated on November 24, 2020

Former Cello Teacher at The Dole Mansion Convicted of Sexual Abuse

According to The Chicago Tribune, the cello instructor at The Dole Mansion, 70-year-old Kenneth Kang, has been found guilty of 10 counts of attempted criminal sexual assault of a former student.

Kang’s victim was his student between the ages of 9 and 18. She came forward last year when she heard other charges were filed against him. She said on the stand that Kang stuck his hand down her pants on ten different occasions during her weekly music lessons in 2015.

The jury reached a verdict and found him guilty. He now faces either probation or three to seven years in prison, depending on his sentencing. Kang is also currently facing charges of sexually abusing four other people in another case.

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Legal Rights of Victims of Sexual Abuse by a Teacher

Attorney contributor Guy D'Andrea, an experienced sexual abuse lawyer, helps victims of sexual abuse in a school determine if they have grounds for a civil lawsuit. Below Kent provided us insight into the legal options victims have regarding filing a lawsuit against the school or school district.

Kent addressed sexual assault in schools by saying, “sexual predators often place themselves in positions of power and trust. We see this as sexual predators are often found in job positions as teachers or other school staff. Being a teacher allows predators to become close with students, inevitably misusing their power and trust to abuse children.”

We later asked Kent about the obligations of schools to maintain children’s safety. He reported the following: “Schools have a legal obligation to provide a safe learning environment for students. To maintain safety, schools must put in place better safeguards. For example, efficient background checks, monitoring teachers, and taking all inappropriate reports seriously and investigating. If a school does not take proper precautions to uphold its students’ safety, the school can be found negligent. In such cases, the victim and their family may have grounds to file a civil lawsuit.”


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Editor: Janean is an NYU Applied Psychology major with a double minor in history and sociology. As a NY native, she focuses on highlighting important legal news regarding violence, assaults, and social justice cases. Contact Janean: This article was fact checked prior to publishing by this author to ensure compliance with our rigorous editorial standards. We will only use authoritative sources. Our values compel us to provide only trustworthy information. If you find an error, please contact us.
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