Attorney Analysis: In the second section of this post, sex abuse attorney Reed Martens discusses the legal rights available to student sex abuse victims and their families.
A former Emporia High School teacher has been charged with several sex crimes involving student victims.
Tyler J. Bosiljevac was arrested on Thursday, May 28. He has been charged with 2 counts of attempted unlawful voluntary sexual relations, 2 counts of attempted sexual exploitation of a child, and 3 counts each of indecent solicitation of a minor, sexual battery, and indecent liberties with a minor.
Police started investigating Bosiljevac in February after a student made complaints to a staff member at Emporia High School, who then contacted the police regarding the allegations of inappropriate behavior.
Police interviewed dozens of students during their investigation and found multiple alleged victims.
Attorney contributor Reed Martens represents sex abuse victims and their families in civil lawsuits. Reed has some information to share on the legal rights of school sex abuse victims and their parents:
Trustworthiness is a crucial quality in teachers, and most teachers are honorable and trustworthy people who seek to be positive influences in the lives of their students. However, sometimes sexual predators are found working as teachers and in other positions in the education field. There have even been numerous reports of teachers sexually abusing students in schools throughout the country.
School officials have a legal duty to make sure their students are as safe as possible and protecting them from sexual abuse is part of this legal duty. When a teacher is charged with sexually abusing a student, we should ask if the school met this legal duty.
Some cases of abuse only happen due to negligence by school officials - such as ignoring past complaints of sexual misconduct by a teacher who was later arrested on sex abuse charges. In cases of negligence, the victims and their families may have grounds for a lawsuit.
If you or a loved one is a victim of sex abuse by a teacher, you can learn more about your legal options in a free consultation with one of our experienced sex abuse victim lawyers.