According to WRTV, a soccer coach and teacher at The Danville Community High School has been placed on leave pending the outcome of an investigation. It is not yet clear what allegations Mr. Adams faces.
Sean Adams teaches science and coaches girls’ soccer at The Danville Community High School. Adams has worked with Danville since 2016. Adams was placed on leave on March 25th, reported a school district spokesperson.
Adams is on paid administrative leave with pay pending the completion of an investigation. The school district has declined to provide details regarding the nature of the investigation or allegations reported WRTV.
This story is emerging and will be updated shortly.
While the allegations are not yet known in the above reported matter, we did interview attorney contributor Jeff Gibson, an experienced sex abuse victims' lawyer, who represents those sexually abused by school employees in civil lawsuits. We asked him to share his insight into victims’ legal rights who have been sexually abused by a coach.
Jeff stated, “schools and administration have a legal obligation to protect their students. To ensure safety, schools must do their best to provide a safe learning environment. Unfortunately, we have seen sexual predators sometimes working in schools with children. These predators often use their positions of trust to exploit students. Schools and administrations must actively work to protect students and prevent sexual predators from working in their schools.”
Jeff continued, “victims and their families should first acquire the services of an experienced sexual abuse attorney to help determine all their legal options. If the school did not provide adequate safety for the victim and other students, it might be considered negligent by the court. An example of negligence is if sexual misconduct was reported against a teacher, but the teacher was still permitted to work. In negligence cases, the victim and their family should know they may have grounds to file a civil lawsuit.”