La Puente High School Football and Basketball Coach Fired After Players Report Sexual Harassment
The head coach of the football and varsity girls basketball teams at La Puente High School has been fired after at least 10 girls basketball players reported alleged sexual harassment. Erick Williams was terminated from his position in October of 2019.
During a school board meeting, 10 girls and their parents spoke regarding alleged sexual harassment by the coach. According to school board members and district officials, this was the first time they had been notified of the allegations.
The girls said that Williams frequently whispered in their ears vulgar comments about their bodies. One of the girls accused Williams of touching her breasts.
On October 29, the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services filed a report accusing Williams of abuse with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The authorities say that there is more than one victim.
According to the students, they first reported Williams’ alleged sexual misconduct on October 14 and felt like the school’s response was inadequate. Parents have criticized the school for failing to notify parents of the allegations until after the school board meeting on October 24.
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Legal Options For Victims of Sexual Abuse by High School Coaches
As a former sex crimes prosecutor, Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com helped countless sexual abuse victims find justice in criminal courtrooms. Today, he serves victims as a civil sex abuse victims attorney and helps them find justice in civil lawsuits. Here is Brian with some information concerning the legal rights of high school coach sex abuse victims and their families:
Sexual predators are often found working in education and other fields that involve working from positions of trust with children. Schools must stay aware of the dangers these predators pose to their students and must do everything in their power to make sure their students are protected from sexual abuse and harassment at school.
When students come forward to report sexual abuse or harassment by a coach or another school employee, these allegations must be taken seriously. The school should investigate the claims and report the allegations to the authorities.
After these allegations have been reported, it’s important to determine if the school was negligent in a way that allowed the abuse or harassment to occur. For example, the school could be considered negligent for ignoring prior complaints of sexual misconduct involving the coach or employee. In cases of negligence, the victims and their parents may have grounds for a lawsuit against the school.
If you or your child is a victim of sexual abuse by a coach or another school employee, you can learn more about your legal options in a free consultation with one of our experienced sex abuse victims lawyers.
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