According to NBC Channel 12, a middle school teacher was arrested following accusations he sexually abused a student. The teacher, 60-year-old Dean Lakey, taught at Short Pump Middle located at 4701 Pouncey Tract Rd, Glen Allen, VA 23059.
On Thursday, September 2, 2021, Lakey was arrested by Henrico police. Lakey is facing charges of rape, forcible sodomy, in addition to taking indecent liberties with a minor. The alleged victim was a student during the 2016-2017 school year.
Police are concerned that there may be additional victims and urge anyone with information to contact the Henrico detectives.
Attorney contributor Kevin Biniazan, an experienced sexual abuse lawyer, represents victims who a teacher has sexually abused. During a recent interview, Kevin shared his knowledge on the legal rights of victims sexually abused by a teacher.
"Schools have a legal duty to uphold the safety of children enrolled on their campus. Parents send their children to school, entrusting that they will be provided a safe learning environment. Unfortunately, there have been numerous cases of teachers sexually abusing students from within their schools. Schools must implement safety measures to ensure the safety other their student body. Some examples of safety measures can include having security guards patrol the campus, installing a monitoring system such as security cameras throughout the property, and utilizing a reporting system."
"Victims sexually abused by a teacher have a legal right to question the safety protocols implemented on the campus. Sometimes when sexual abuse occurs, it is a result of the negligence of a third party. An example of negligence includes when previous reports of misconduct were ignored rather than investigated. If a school fails to implement proper security, it may be deemed negligent. It is important that victims secure an experienced sexual abuse lawyer's services. In such cases, victims and their families should know they may have grounds for a civil lawsuit."