Ex-Teacher Sierra Shawnee Taylor Admits to Sexually Abusing Students on Blackfeet Indian Reservation
Last Wednesday, former East Glacier Elementary School teacher Sierra Shawnee Taylor pleaded guilty to sexually abusing two students from the school on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation.
The 36-year-old former teacher taught a mixed-grade class during the 2014-15 school year, which included some 8th-grade students. She admitted to sexually abusing an 8th-grade boy from that class.
Investigators also found a second victim – another 8th-grade student who Taylor reportedly sexually abused in 2012.
This case was investigated by the FBI and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kalah Paisley. U.S. Magistrate Judge John T. Johnston presided over the guilty plea and recommended that U.S. District Judge Brian M. Morris accept the plea during the sentencing, which is scheduled for November 6.
Paisley faces up to 15 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and five years to life of supervised release.
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Legal Options For School Sex Abuse Victims & Their Families
Attorney contributor Brian Kent is a founding partner of AbuseGuardian.com – a national alliance of former sex crimes prosecutors who now represent victims of sexual abuse in civil lawsuits. Here are a few thoughts from Brian on the legal rights available to victims of sexual abuse by teachers and other school staff members:
In any field where adults are working with children, it’s critical to make sure that those adults are trustworthy people. Sexual predators often seek out positions in education and other fields that involve working with kids. School administrators must be aware of this tragic reality and must do everything they can to keep their students safe.
When a teacher is arrested for sexually abusing a student, the school should be investigated in order to determine if they failed to protect their students due to negligence. For example, a school could be considered negligent for failing to run a background check prior to hiring new employees or ignoring previous complaints of sexual misconduct involving a teacher.
If you believe your child is a survivor of sexual abuse by a school employee, you can learn more about your family’s legal options by contacting one of our experienced sex abuse victims lawyers.
Location of East Glacier Park Elementary School in Montana
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