Tri-West High School football coach Tyler Bruce has been suspended pending the outcome of a police investigation into allegations of sexual harassment and sexual assault involving a student. He also faces a hearing with the school board.
The Hendricks County Sheriff’s Department received an anonymous tip on May 12 and began investigating the alleged misconduct by Bruce alongside the Department of Child Services and the Northwest Hendricks School Corporation.
Bruce had been a member of the Tri-West Bruins coaching staff since 2016 – first as an offensive coordinator and as the head coach for the past two seasons.
The principal of Tri-West High School resigned before being questioned about the allegations by an attorney for the school. It is not yet clear if this resignation had anything to do with this investigation or if it was unrelated.
In addition, the school’s athletic director has been suspended by the school system.
Indiana sexual abuse victims attorney Jeff Gibson is currently representing a student who has accused Tyler Bruce of sexually assaulting and sexually harassing her.
Mr. Gibson has stated that, “I am actively investigating this case and I invite any witnesses or other victims to come forward and call the special helpline we have set up.”
Anyone with information that they would like to share with attorneys and police investigators is encouraged to call this helpline at (866) 915-5178.
Attorney Jeff Gibson and the team of school sexual abuse lawyers specialize in representing victims of sexual abuse in civil cases. Here are some general thoughts from Jeff concerning the legal rights of these victims and their families:
Every student has a right to feel safe at school and every parent deserves the peace of mind of knowing that the teachers in their communities are trustworthy people. While most coaches and teachers are indeed honorable professionals, our nation’s schools also have a major problem with school staff members sexually abusing students.
In some of these cases, third parties from the school had a legal duty to stop or prevent the abuse but failed to do so because of negligence. Negligence can take many forms, but some common examples include ignoring previous complaints of sexual misconduct about a staff member or hiring a staff member without first conducting a background check.
In cases that involve negligence, victims of school employee sexual abuse may have grounds for a lawsuit against the school.
If you or your child has been sexually abused by a school employee, you can learn more about your legal rights by speaking with one of our experienced sex abuse victims attorneys in a free consultation.