Carver Middle School Teacher Resigns After Being Arrested For Sexual Abuse
A teacher at Carver Middle School in Scotland County has been arrested and is facing several sex crime charges for alleged sexual contact with a student at the school. 23-year-old Brianna Nicole Stanley has been charged with three counts of felony statutory sex offense against a child less than 13, five counts of felony indecent liberties with a student by a teacher, five counts of felony sexual activity by a teacher, and one count of felony third-degree child exploitation related to child pornography.
Police executed a search warrant of Stanley’s home and arrested her on Friday, November 30 after the Board of Education of Scotland County received a report from a parent on Thursday “alleging an inappropriate relationship between a teacher and a minor child whom was a student of the defendant at the time these incidents allegedly occurred.” Stanley submitted her resignation on Thursday and the school district contacted the Sheriff’s Department about the allegations.
Stanley received a secured bond of $2.5 million and is scheduled to appear in court today, December 3.
Legal Rights of Survivors of Teacher Sexual Abuse
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com helps survivors of child sexual abuse find the justice and financial support they deserve. We have asked him to contribute some thoughts on the options for legal recourse available to those who have been sexually abused by teachers and other school employees:
Most teachers, coaches, and other school employees are honorable people and valuable members of our communities. However, the tragic reality is that jobs and volunteer positions that involve working with children can attract sexual predators who use their positions of trust as a way to commit terrible crimes. When a child is sexually abused by a school employee, we must make sure that the victim and their family gets all of the support they need and that both the perpetrator and any negligent third parties are held liable.
In some cases of school employee sexual abuse, the school district was negligent in a way that enabled the abuse to occur. For example, a school could be considered negligent for failing to report previous allegations of sexual misconduct to law enforcement. In cases where negligence played a role in facilitating sexual abuse, the victims and their families may have grounds to file a lawsuit against the school district.
If you or a loved one has been sexually abused by a school employee and you’d like to better understand your legal options, consider speaking to one of our experienced sexual abuse survivors lawyers in a free consultation.