The Daily Northwestern has reported that a student has come forward with allegations of sexual assault that occurred at La Porte High School located at 602 F St, La Porte, IN 46350.
The victim has accused 61-year-old Lorenzo Medrano of sexually abusing them from October 2019 and March 2020. The abuse was reported to have happened as many as six times a week. Other students being coached by Medrano have supported the accusations, saying he not only flirted with the students but touched them while being visibly aroused.
In March 2020, Medrano was fired from La Porte High School. He also was employed part-time as a marching band color guard coach at Evanston Township High School.
Attorney contributor Jeff Gibson represents sex assault victims in civil lawsuits. Jeff recently answered, "can a victim sexually assaulted by a teacher sue?"
"Sadly, sexual assault has become a crisis within our nation's schools. There have been too many reports lately of teachers, coaches, and other school officials abusing students across all 50 states. School administration should take this crisis seriously and explore every possible precaution to protect their students from sexual predators."
"Sexual predators gain positions of trust, such as teachers and coaches. Their victims have the legal right to file charges in both criminal and civil courts. In addition to reporting the teacher which will initiate a criminal investigation, some survivors may also have grounds to pursue a civil lawsuit."
"In cases involving negligence, such as the school's failure to process proper background checks or lack of security on the campus, the victim and their family may have grounds for a lawsuit against the school. The laws regarding these lawsuits are complicated, and it is highly advised to consult with an experienced sexual assault attorney to understand the legal options better."