East LA Teacher Arrested On Multiple Sex Charges
A teacher at Esteban Torres High School has been arrested and charged with more than a dozen counts of various sex crime charges. According to authorities, 32-year-old Gina Murry sexually assaulted a 15-year-old male student over a period of two months, beginning in May of this year.
Murry has been charged with six counts of unlawful sexual intercourse and four counts each of lewd act upon a child, oral copulation of a person under 16, and sexual penetration by a foreign object. She was arrested on September 5 at the East Los Angeles sheriff’s station and released that day on $250,000 bail. She is expected to be arraigned on Wednesday, September 26.
Murry could face up to 17 years in state prison if she is convicted on all charges. The case is being investigated by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Special Victims Bureau.
A statement from the Los Angeles Unified School District said that “parents have been notified that Ms. Murry had been reassigned from the school.” However, the statement did not specify when or where Murry was reassigned.
Legal Rights of Teacher Sexual Abuse Victims
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com is dedicated to helping survivors of sexual violence find justice. We’ve asked him to add some commentary on the legal rights of survivors of sexual abuse by teachers and other school staff members:
Anyone who watches the evening news likely knows that sexual assault by teachers, coaches, and other school personnel has become a serious problem in the United States. This includes inappropriate sexual relationships between students and teachers even if the student says that they consent to the sexual activity.
Our teachers are supposed to be some of the most trusted members of our community, and most of them deserve this trust. But some teachers and school employees are sexual predators who capitalize on their positions of trust in order to sexually abuse students. When this happens, it’s important for the victim and their family to be aware of their legal rights.
Some cases of teacher-on-student sexual assault are the result of negligence on the part of a school district. For example, a school district could potentially be considered negligent if they reassigned a teacher with complaints of sexual assault instead of firing them. Another example would be a failure to run a background check for a history of sexual misconduct before hiring a school employee.
If you believe that your child has been victimized by a school employee, you can learn more about your family’s legal options by speaking with an experienced sexual assault victims lawyer.