Special Needs Teacher Charged with Abusing Student
A now-fired special needs teacher in Cynthiana has been charged with sexually abusing a former student. In a statement released on Thursday, the Kentucky State Police announced that 37-year-old Amanda Phillips was arrested and charged with first-degree sex abuse with a child over the age of 12.
Phillips was a teacher at Eastside Elementary School, but the Harrison County Schools district announced that she was no longer employed by the district because of the allegations.
According to the arrest report, these charges were brought in connection with an inappropriate relationship that included kissing and other sexual contact.
This investigation is ongoing. Detectives are investigating to determine if any other students were victims of sexual abuse by Phillips.
Justice for Survivors of Teacher Sexual Abuse
Attorney Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com represents sexual abuse survivors in civil cases, helping them fight for the justice and support they deserve. We’ve asked him to share some thoughts on how taking legal action can help school sex abuse survivors and their families find justice:
Teachers are vital members of our communities, as they help educate and raise our youth to become contributing members of their own communities when they become adults. We all trust teachers to look over our kids during the school day, but this trust is not always warranted. Like other fields that involve working with kids, some teachers are sexual predators who seek to exploit their positions of trust in order to commit horrible crimes.
Our schools must make sure that students are safe from the threat of sexual abuse. Job applicants must be thoroughly screened and any suspected abuse or complaints of misconduct must be turned over to law enforcement. But in some cases of abuse, schools are negligent in a way that enables the abuse to happen. When this is the case, the victims and their families may have grounds for a lawsuit.
If you or a loved one is a survivor of sexual abuse by a teacher or another school employee, we understand how painful this time is for your family. If you’d like to learn more about your family’s legal options, consider contacting one of our experienced sex abuse survivors attorneys for a free consultation.