A kindergarten teacher at Northeast Elementary School in Cumberland, Maryland has been accused of sexually abusing at least two students at the school. 36-year-old Cole Derek Green was arrested on Friday, November 22, on two counts of sexual abuse of a minor and fourth-degree sex offense by a person in a position of authority.
The Allegany County Department of Social Services – Child Protected services received a complaint on November 12 which alleged that Green had been inappropriately touching students. Following this complaint, the Board of Education placed Green on administrative leave.
According to investigators with the Allegany County Combined Criminal Investigation Unit, an adult witness allegedly saw Green place his hands under the clothing of two female kindergarten students in the classroom on two separate occasions. Green allegedly touched them sexually when he thought no one could see him.
Green is being held without bond at the Allegany County Detention Center and this investigation remains ongoing.
Kindergarten sex abuse lawyer, representing victims and their families in civil lawsuits, Aaron Blank has helped victims in civil courts find justice. We’ve asked Aaron to share a bit of his knowledge on the legal rights of school sex abuse victims and their families:
Schools have a legal duty to make sure their students are safe from preventable dangers, including sexual abuse by teachers and other staff members. Sadly, sexual predators often work in positions of trust and authority, including teachers and other school employees.
When a teacher is arrested for sexually abusing students, it’s important that the student and their family are aware of their legal rights. In many cases, the school may also be held liable for failing to prevent the abuse due to negligence. For example, the school could be considered negligent for ignoring previous complaints of inappropriate behavior involving the accused teacher. In cases of negligence, the victims and their families may have grounds for a lawsuit.
If you or your child is a survivor of sexual abuse by a teacher, our experienced sex abuse victims lawyers are prepared to help your family fight for justice. You can learn more about your legal rights in a free consultation.