According to The Daily News, Asumana Randolph, a former Hunter College High School teacher, has been charged with forcible touching, sexual abuse, and endangering the welfare of a child.
Randolph, 62-years-old, allegedly kissed one of his students and propositioned sex to another student. Randolph is accused of kissing the student, under the age of 17, multiple times on her mouth without consent. When proposing the sexual relationship to his student, 17-years-old, he allegedly said he had a sexual relationship with a student in the past and had sex at her apartment and was looking for something similar.
Randolph resigned in 2019 when the investigation began. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Attorney Laurence Banville, an experienced sexual assault lawyer, has represented victims sexually abused at school. In an interview, Banville offered insight into the legal rights of victims sexually abused; below is his commentary.
“Schools have a legal obligation to protect their students from risk and provide a safe learning environment. Unfortunately, sexual predators are often employed at schools as teachers, staff, or coaches. These predatory staff members use their positions of power and trust to exploit students. If schools do not provide adequate safety measures and do their best to prevent harm, including sexual abuse, the school may be held liable for negligence.”
“Some sexual assault cases only occur as a result of negligence. An example of negligence is if previous complaints have been filed against a teacher, but the school permitted the teacher to continue working. If the school did not properly investigate the complaints, the school might be liable for the staff member’s inappropriate conduct. In cases of negligence, victims and their families should know they may have grounds for a civil lawsuit and seek the services of an experienced sexual assault attorney.”