An employee for a Los Angeles Unified School District after-school program has been accused of sexually abusing as many as five students. 39-year-old Daniel Ayon was arrested on Wednesday, June 12 and charged with sexually abusing four students between the ages of 10 and 11.
Ayon has been charged with six felony counts:
Ayon has been removed from the program called Beyond the Bell, where he had been employed as a supervisor for two years prior to these allegations coming to light.
Investigators with the Gardena Police Department began speaking with students at Amestoy Elementary School after the first child came forward with allegations of sexual abuse. Police now believe Ayon may have inappropriately touched five students from the school.
According to the police, Ayon was working with the program for two years before his arrest. Prosecutors believe the abuse occurred over the last year on school property.
Ayon was removed from the Beyond the Bell program in April.
Attorney contributor Bobby Thompson represents sex abuse victims and their families in civil cases. Bobby has offered to share some information regarding the legal options available to families affected by sexual abuse involving school employees:
When parents send their children off to school, there is an expectation that they will be safe and under the watch of responsible adults. While most school employees are trustworthy, our schools also have a major problem with sexual abuse by teachers, coaches, and other staff members. These are some of the most common types of sex abuse cases our attorneys see.
Schools have a responsibility to do everything they can to protect their students from sexual predators. But in some cases of school employee sex abuse, the abuse may have been preventable if not for negligence by the school. In cases of negligence, the victims and their families may have the right to file a lawsuit against the school.
For example, a school might be considered negligent if they failed to run a background check before hiring a new employee or allowed employees to be alone with students behind closed doors.
If you or your child is a survivor of sexual abuse by a school employee, your family may have options for justice in the civil court system. You can learn more about your family’s legal options by speaking with an experienced school abuse attorney.