Bondurant Middle Teacher Accused of Sex Abuse, Principal & Superintendent of Failure to Report
Former Bondurant Middle School teacher Todd Joseph Smith has been charged with sexually abusing two students at the school in Franklin County, Kentucky. Additionally, a principal and the school’s superintendent have been charged for allegedly failing to report the alleged abuse.
According to the police, Smith sexually abused two students under the age of 16, beginning at the start of the 2018-19 school year and continuing until March of 2019. Smith no longer works for the school and has been indicted on two counts of first-degree sexual abuse of minors under the age of 16.
42-year-old Bondurant principal Whitney Allison has been indicted on one charge of failure to report child dependency, neglect or abuse, first offense. According to The Frankfort State Journal, Allison allegedly knew about the abuse but did not report it to the police.
Superintendent Mark Kopp has been indicted on a charge of bribing a public servant for allegedly making a comment regarding a bribe to a Franklin County Sheriff’s deputy while being served with a subpoena in June.
A warrant has been issued for Smith’s arrest. Kopp and Allison are scheduled to be arraigned in district court on October 15.
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What Are the Legal Options for School Sex Abuse Victims & Their Parents?
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com is a former sex crimes prosecutor who now represents survivors as a sex abuse attorney in civil lawsuits. Here are a few thoughts from Brian on the legal rights of school sex abuse victims and their families:
Student safety needs to be a priority for all schools. Principals, superintendents, and other higher-ups have a duty to make sure their students are adequately protected from preventable dangers – including sexual predators. When allegations of sexual abuse arise against a teacher or another employee, they must be taken seriously and reported to the authorities immediately.
Student sex abuse victims and their families have legal rights. In some cases, the abuse could have been stopped or prevented if not for negligence by the school – such as ignoring previous complaints of sexual misconduct involving the accused teacher. In cases involving negligence, these victims and their families may have grounds for a lawsuit against the school district.
If you or your child is a survivor of sexual abuse by a teacher or another school employee, you can learn more about your family’s legal options by speaking with an experienced sex abuse victims attorney in a free consultation.
Location of Bondurant Middle School in Frankfort, Kentucky
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