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Jacksonville, FL - Teacher at New Beginnings Christian Academy James Johnson Charged with Sexual Abuse

james johnson arrested for sexual abuse of student at new beginnings christian academy
Published: March 22, 2021
By: Janean Cuffee
Last Updated on March 22, 2021

New Beginnings Christian Academy Teacher James Johnson Charged for Sexual Abuse

According to First Coast News, a Jacksonville private school teacher is accused of sexually abusing a student.

James Johnson, 70-years-old, a teacher at New Beginnings Christian Academy, has been accused of giving inappropriate notes and messages to a young girl. Johnson allegedly sent the victim messages through TikTok and Text Me apps asking if she was alone, saying he "loved her," and calling her "babe," reported First Coast News. Despite the victim's mother confronting him, but the communications continued.

The victim reported to police that Johnson sent notes expressing his desire to touch her private areas, which she claims occurred three times. Johnson claims he did not touch her.

Johnson faces one count of offenses against students by authority figures and one count of lewd molestation of a victim between the ages of 12 and 16.

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Legal Options of Victims Sexually Abused by a Teacher

Attorney contributor Michael Haggard has represented numerous victims of sexual assault in civil lawsuits. In an interview, Michael offered the following commentary regarding the rights of victims sexually abused by a teacher.

"Schools have a legal obligation to do their best to protect students from being hurt and providing a safe environment. Unfortunately, sexual predators often seek employment at schools to place themselves in positions of power. Schools should implement safety measures to ensure students' safety. If a school does not do its best in protecting a child, it may be considered liable."

"In cases of sexual abuse by a teacher, schools should also be investigated to ensure they are not negligent. If a school is considered a liable third party in sexual abuse that occurs by a teacher, the victim, and their family can file a civil lawsuit. One example of negligence is if prior complaints were made, but the teacher was permitted to continue working. In negligence cases, victims and their families may receive compensation for damages."

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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: [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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