READ BELOW: In the second section of this article, sex abuse victim lawyer Aaron Blank weighs in on the legal rights for student victims of sexual abuse.
A former teacher for the Kent County Alternative School Program has been arrested for allegedly sexually abusing a 17-year-old student. 29-year-old Brittney Lyles is charged with two counts of fourth-degree sex offense, sex abuse of a minor, contributing to certain conditions of a child, and other related crimes.
The Maryland State Police arrested Lyles on Friday, March 6. The authorities started investigating her on March 4.
Police believe the alleged abuse happened in February 2020. According to the investigation, none of the alleged incidents happened on school property. Lyles is accused of picking up the victim in her vehicle at an off-campus location and taking him to another location where the abuse happened.
Anyone with information regarding this case has been asked to contact the Maryland State Police Easton Barrack at 410-822-3101.
Sex abuse victims lawyer Aaron Blank represents those who have been abused by people in positions of trust, including students who have been abused by teachers and other school employees. Here are some thoughts from Aaron on the legal rights of student sexual abuse victims:
Sexual abuse of students by teachers is a nationwide crisis in the United States. Our sexual abuse lawyers regularly see reports of student sex abuse in states throughout the nation. School officials have a legal duty to be aware of this problem and must do everything they can to make sure their students don’t become victims.
If a teacher is charged with sexually abusing a student, there are many difficult questions to address. One of the most important ones is whether the abuse was preventable and whether the school’s negligence is to blame for failing to prevent it. In cases of school negligence, the victim and their family may have grounds for a lawsuit.
For example, had there been previous complaints of inappropriate behavior by the teacher, but those complaints weren’t addressed? If so, the school could be considered negligent.
If you or your child is a victim of sexual abuse by a teacher, you can learn more about your legal options, including a possible school sex abuse lawsuit, in a free consultation with one