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Fulton, MD - Reservoir High School Teacher, Stephanie Walzl, Charged with Sexual Assault

Published: September 4, 2020
By: Janean Cuffee
Last Updated on November 24, 2020

Reservoir High School Lacrosse Coach and Teacher Charged with Sexual Abuse

According to CBS Local, a teacher and lacrosse coach at Reservoir High School has been charged with sexual assault.

Stephanie Walzl was charged for sexually abusing a minor. She was arrested after engaging inappropriately with a female student. An investigation began following the reports; it was released that the relationship started in December 2019 with her 16-year-old student.

Walzl has been placed on administrative leave and faces charges of the sexual abuse of a minor and fourth-degree sexual offense.

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Legal Options of Victims Sexually Assaulted in School

Attorney Commentator Aaron Blank, an experienced sexual abuse lawyer, has represented numerous victims in teacher-student sex abuse cases. In an interview, we ask Aaron to share his insight on the legal options of victims sexually abused by a teacher and their options to receive compensation.

Do schools have an obligation to protect their students?

“Across the country, we have seen cases of teachers sexually abusing students. Schools must implement safety measures to ensure the safety of their students against predators. Examples of safety measures are extensive background checks, security cameras, or easy reporting systems.”

Can a school be held liable for a teacher sexually abusing a student?

“A school can be held liable for sexual abuse if it is considered negligent. If schools do not implement safety measures or ignore students’ reports, a school can be considered negligent. Victims of sexual abuse should contact a sexual assault lawyer and discuss their legal options. If their lawyer can prove that the sexual abuse occurred due to negligence on behalf of the school, the victim and their family could receive compensation for damages.”

Sources:

https://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2020/09/03/stephanie-walzl-reservoir-high-school-sexual-abuse-of-a-minor-charge/

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About Janean Cuffee
Editor: Janean is an NYU Applied Psychology major with a double minor in history and sociology. As a NY native, she focuses on highlighting important legal news regarding violence, assaults, and social justice cases. Contact Janean: [email protected] This article was fact checked prior to publishing by this author to ensure compliance with our rigorous editorial standards. We will only use authoritative sources. Our values compel us to provide only trustworthy information. If you find an error, please contact us.
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