Last Update: 7/13/2020
Kelseyville High School music teacher Cory Michael Cunningham has been arrested for allegedly sexually abusing a student as states on www.pressdemocrat.com. The 38-year-old is charged with sending lewd material to a minor, genital penetration by a foreign object, annoying or molesting a child, willful cruelty to a child, and destroying or concealing evidence.
A report was filed with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office and officials responded to the call at Kelseyville High School on Friday around 9:30 p.m. The report alleged that a teacher was having an inappropriate relationship with a 17-year-old female student.
Officials spoke with Cunningham, who reportedly told police that he had been involved in an intimate relationship with a student for the past several months. However, he denied having sexual intercourse with the student.
Cunningham is now on paid administrative leave and will not return to the classroom while these allegations are being investigated. His leave will change to unpaid if the District Attorney’s Office files charges.
In his capacity as a sex abuse lawyer and legal contributor to Legal Herald, Bobby helps victims find justice through civil lawsuits. Here are a few thoughts from Bobby on the legal rights of those who have been sexually abused by teachers or other school staff members:
“School officials must prioritize the safety of their students. While most teachers and staff members are trustworthy people, there are sadly also many sexual predators working in education and other fields that involve working with children. When allegations of sexual abuse arise against a staff member, it’s important to investigate both the staff member and the school itself. Some of these sexual abuse cases are preventable and only happen due to school negligence. For example, a school could be considered negligent for sexual abuse by a teacher if previous complaints of sexual misconduct involving that teacher had been ignored. When negligence has played a role in the abuse of a student, that student and their family may have grounds for a lawsuit against the school or school district.”