Prosecutors Recommend 21 Years For School of Deaf Employee
A former Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf employee reached a plea deal with the Faribault County Attorney’s office on December 13. 54-year-old David William Bateman admitted to sexually abusing two MSAD students between 2008 and 2012. Bateman was originally charged with an additional 20 felony counts of sexual assault, which will be dismissed as part of the plea deal.
In November, Bateman pleaded guilty to two of 14 felony counts of sexually assaulting a minor by someone in a position of authority in Carver County. Carver County prosecutors agreed to dismiss the additional 12 charges and recommend 172 months in prison.
Bateman will appear in a Faribault courtroom again on January 24 to face sentencing. Rice County prosecutors in Faribault have agreed to recommend sentences of 180 and 255 months, which are expected to run concurrently with each other and the sentences from the Carver County case. This would add up to a total sentence of 21 years and three months.
Justice For Victims of Sexual Abuse by School Employees
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com helps survivors of sexual abuse speak out, tell their stories, and find justice in civil lawsuits. Here are some thoughts from Brian on the legal options available to those who have been sexually abused by teachers and other school employees:
Every child deserves to feel safe at school. But tragically, sexual predators are often found in schools and many other fields that involve working with children. These predators hide in plain sight, thinking that their positions of trust and authority will shield them from consequences for their horrible crimes. When a teacher or another school employee sexually abuses students, it’s critical to make sure that they are prosecuted, the victims get the help they need, and the school is also held accountable if their negligence allowed the abuse to occur.
School negligence is often a factor in sexual abuse cases. For example, a school might be considered negligent for failing to contact law enforcement after receiving complaints of sexual misconduct or failing to run a background check before hiring a new employee. In cases where negligence is involved, the victims and their families may have grounds for a lawsuit.
If you or a loved one has been sexually abused by a school employee, the legal system can help you find justice during this dark time. To learn more about your family’s legal options, consider speaking to an experienced sexual abuse survivors attorney.