Elite Sports Club Swim Instructor Charged with Sexual Assault
A swim instructor for the Elite Sports Club in Glendale has been arrested after a 4-year-old girl came forward with allegations of sexual abuse. 35-year-old Brianne Taylor has been charged with first-degree sexual assault and obstructing an officer.
In November 2018, the 4-year-old girl claimed that Taylor “tickled her private zone” underwater during a lesson at the club. According to the criminal complaint, the girl told investigators that “Bri didn’t want people to know about the touching.”
During this investigation, prosecutors discovered that Madison police had also investigated similar allegations against Taylor made by an 11-year-old girl in 2014, when Taylor was working at the YMCA Madison East. Taylor worked at the YMCA between June 2014 and July 2017, but the HR director and aquatic director both have refused to say why she was fired from that position.
Taylor was interviewed by detectives in December and she denied any past allegations of inappropriate conduct with children. In the criminal complaint, prosecutors wrote that she had lost jobs over “boundary issues” concerning personal space.
Justice for Survivors of Sexual Abuse by Instructors and Teachers
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com has dedicated his career to helping survivors of sexual abuse find justice. We’ve asked Brian to share some input on how survivors of abuse by private instructors can find justice through lawsuits and settlements:
The owners of businesses that involve adults working with kids have a responsibility to make sure the kids under their watch are safe. Sadly, these types of jobs are sometimes targeted by sexual predators who want to abuse children. Because of this danger, it’s crucial that management properly vets employees, take preventative measures to eliminate the risk of abuse, and takes any allegations of abuse extremely seriously.
For example, a sports club where adults are instructing children must be extremely careful to make sure no sexual predators are allowed to work for them. If the club hires a new employee without conducting a background check that would have revealed past sexual misconduct, that club could be considered negligent if the employee commits abuse. In cases of negligence, sexual abuse victims and their families may have grounds for a lawsuit.
If your child has recently come forward concerning sexual abuse, you may be able to find justice by taking legal action. You can learn more about your family’s legal options by speaking to an experienced sex abuse survivors lawyer in a free consultation.
Location of Elite Sports Club in Glendale, WI
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