According to ABC10, a former Folsom Cordova Unified School District teacher was arrested for sexual assault.
Steven Richard Kester, 75-years-old, worked with the Folsom Cordova Unified School District from 1976 to 2012 as a full-time teacher before becoming a substitute. Kester taught at many schools during his teaching career before being removed.
Kester was arrested on the charges of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14 years of age. He is being held without bond as the investigation by police continues.
Attorney contributor, an experienced sexual assault attorney, Bobby Thompson, represents victims of sexual assault in civil lawsuits. In an interview, we asked Bobby to provide insight into the legal rights of victims sexually abused by a teacher.
“School administrations have a legal obligation to provide a safe learning environment for enrolled students. Unfortunately, across the country, we have seen numerous sexual predators working in schools with students. These predators seek out these positions of power to abuse their students. To do their best, schools should implement security measures such as easy reporting systems and security cameras.”
“If a school fails to provide proper school measures and an employee is charged with sexual assault, the school may be considered liable. A school would be deemed liable due to negligence. Victims of teacher sexual assault should secure the services of an experienced sexual assault attorney to learn about all their legal options. In negligence cases, victims and their families may have grounds for a civil lawsuit against the school.”