Attorney Commentary: Attorney contributor Marc Lenahan is a lawyer for students sexually abused by school employees. In the second section of this article, Marc will discuss the legal rights of these victims and their families.
A teacher's aide for William D. Slider Middle School in El Paso has been arrested on child sex crime charges, the sheriff's office and school officials announced on June 11th.
61-year-old David Quintanar faces charges of child indecency, child sexual contact, and having an improper educator/student relationship. As of Friday, he was being held on $75,000 bond at the downtown El Paso jail.
The police have not provided additional details regarding these alleged crimes. However, the improper educator/student relationship charge suggests that there could be a student victim.
Quintanar has been a teacher's aide at Slider Middle since 2009 and was suspended without pay after these allegations came to light.
Attorney contributor Marc Lenahan represents sex abuse victims and their families in civil lawsuits. Marc has offered to share some info on the legal rights of school sex abuse victims and their families:
Student safety should be prioritized by all schools, and protections against sexual abuse should be part of any safety plan. While most school employees are trustworthy, there have also been numerous cases of school employees charged with sexually abusing students. These victims and their families have legal rights.
Filing a police report can help bring criminal charges against the perpetrator, but this is not always the only option for victims. In some cases, they may also have grounds for a lawsuit against the school district. This is an option when negligence is involved - such as ignoring previous reports of sexual misconduct involving the employee who was arrested.
If you or your child is a victim of sexual abuse by a school employee, our experienced sex abuse victims lawyers want to help your family find justice. Learn more about your legal rights by contacting us for a free consultation.