According to CBS Los Angeles, a Los Angeles Unified School District teacher has been accused of sexually abusing a student.
Barry Smolin, a teacher at Hamilton High School, faces accusations of grooming a female student and sexually abusing a student. Smolin allegedly gave the teen music, books, alcohol, and drugs. The abuse allegedly took place in Smolin's classroom at Hamilton High during lunch periods.
Smolin allegedly sexually abused the teen over a decade ago, and his actions were kept a secret by the school. The victim accuses another teacher of being aware of the sexual relationship between the victim and Smolin.
Attorney contributor Bobby Thompson has represented numerous victims sexually abused by a teacher. In an interview, we asked Bobby to share his thoughts on the legal options of victims and their families sexually abused by a teacher.
"Schools are legally obligated to uphold the safety of their students and provide a safe learning environment. Sadly, predators often seek out positions of power and trust in these institutions to abuse students sexually. Schools must do everything in their power to ensure the people hired are both trustworthy and qualified. To ensure the safety of students, a school should implement several security measures."
"When abuse occurs by a school employee, victims and their family should question if there were adequate safety measures in place at the time of the abuse. Often, teacher sexual abuse occurs due to negligence on behalf of a third party. An example of negligence is if other staff were aware of misconduct by a teacher but did not report it. Victims and their families should acquire the services of an experienced sexual abuse attorney to learn more about the legal options. In many negligence cases, victims have grounds for a civil lawsuit."