According to The Mercury News, a former teacher at The Athenian School was charged with the sexual assault of a female student.
Raymond Engeszer, 54-years-old, was charged with two counts of sexual assault. The alleged crimes occurred in 2013 between June and September. One count of penetration with a foreign object and one count of oral copulation of a person under 18-years-old. Police did not release details regarding what prompted the sexual assault investigation.
Engeszer is currently out on bail and pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Attorney contributor Bobby Thompson, an experienced and licensed sexual assault lawyer in California, represents victims of teacher sex abuse and helps them receive compensation. Below, Bobby shared insight on victims sexually abused by a school employee and their legal rights.
Does a school have a legal obligation to protect their students?
“Many sexual predators place themselves in positions of power at schools to get close to students. Administrations must implement safety measures to ensure these predators are not hired and cannot abuse students. Examples of safety measures include misconduct reporting systems, background checks, and security guards.”
Can a school be held legally accountable for teacher-student sexual abuse?
“A school can be found liable in a teacher-student sexual abuse case if the school is found to be negligent. An example of negligence is ignoring misconduct reports or ignoring inappropriate acts found on the camera. In cases where the school is negligent, the victims and their families should know they may have grounds for a civil lawsuit and receive compensation.”