Harlan County JROTC Instructor Charged with Sexual Abuse
A Harlan County High School teacher was arrested on Monday, January 28 and charged with sexually abusing a student from the school. 47-year-old Daniel Tuttle turned himself in and has been charged with 1st-degree sexual abuse, which is a Class D felony punishable by 1-5 years in prison.
In March of 2018, the Harlan County Department of Social Services received a complaint regarding allegations of sexual abuse involving a 15-year-old female Harlan County High School student and Daniel Tuttle. These allegations concerned inappropriate touching on several occasions while the girl was Tuttle’s student.
Tuttle was a JROTC instructor at the high school. He was placed on administrative leave when news of the investigation broke and his employment was terminated in June of 2018. He remains in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $10,000 full cash bond.
Justice for Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse by School Employees
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com represents sexual abuse survivors and their families in civil cases, helping them fight for the justice and support they deserve. Here are a few thoughts from Brian on how the legal system can help these families:
When our kids are sent off to school for the day, we all want to trust that they’re in good hands. While most teachers, coaches, and other school employees are honorable and trustworthy professionals, sexual predators are sadly often found in schools and other fields that involve working with children. Because of this tragic reality, school administrators must make sure that appropriate precautionary measures are taken to protect students from the threat of sexual abuse and all other preventable dangers.
In cases of sexual abuse involving a school employee and a student, there are a few concerns that need to be addressed. The perpetrator must be arrested and prosecuted, the victims, families, and other students must get the support they need, and the school must be held accountable if their negligence played a role in the abuse.
Some common examples of school negligence in cases of sexual abuse include:
- Failing to run a background check and hiring an employee with a history of sexual misconduct
- Failing to report allegations of abuse or suspected abuse to law enforcement
- Allowing staff members to be alone one-on-one with students
If you or your child is a survivor of child sexual abuse by a teacher or another school employee, we understand how traumatic these times have been for your family. Our experienced sex abuse survivors attorneys want to help you take legal action and find justice. To learn more about your legal options, get in touch with us today for a free consultation.