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Hagerstown, MD - Former South Hagerstown High School Teacher Charged with Sexual Assault

Published: August 26, 2020
By: Janean Cuffee
Last Updated on November 24, 2020

Former Teacher at South Hagerstown High School Faces Three Charges of Sexual Assault

According to CBS Baltimore, a former high school teacher faces sexual assault charges after engaging in sexual activity with a student at the school.

South Hagerstown High School teacher Matthew Poling, 41-years-old, had sex with a 17-year-old enrolled at the school. Police reported that the sexual assault occurred at multiple different locations in Franklin County. More information about the engagement between the two has not been released.

Poling faces three felony charges for intercourse and sexual contact with a student. He is not currently in custody, but a warrant is out for his arrest.

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Legal Rights of Victims Sexually Abused by a Teacher

Attorney Commentator Aaron Blank, a sexual assault attorney, represents victims of school sexual abuse. Aaron provides insight into the victim’s rights to compensation and whether they have grounds for a lawsuit.

“Teaching positions and school staff are a common position for sexual predators. These predators often attempt to place themselves in positions of power and trust near children. However, schools are obligated to uphold student’s safety and limit the chance of sexual abuse by a teacher or other staff.”

“Victims should ask if a school did everything possible to prevent the abuse from happening. Schools must implement safety measures to provide a safe learning environment for students. For example, background checks and security cameras help ensure the safety of students. If a school doesn’t take the necessary steps to implement safety policies and prevent a sexual assault, they may be held liable for negligence. In such cases, victims and their families may have grounds for a lawsuit.”


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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: 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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