North Valley Church Daycare Employee Accused of Child Sex Abuse
A 19-year-old employee of the North Valley Church Early Learning Center has been accused of sexually abusing a child at the daycare. Austin Greenway, of Odenville, turned himself in to St. Clair County Deputies this week.
Greenway has been charged with sexual abuse of a child less than 12 and school employee engaged in a sex act with a student under the age of 19.
Greenway turned himself in on August 20 when charges were presented after an investigation. The abuse as reported in June 2019 following a summer program.
According to deputies, officials with the Margaret Police Department contacted the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office concerning allegations of sexual abuse of a 9-year-old child at the North Valley Church Early Learning Center and the after-school program.
Greenway had worked at the North Valley Church Early Learning Center for two years as a teacher. He was booked and released on a $50,000 bond. He has a court date scheduled for October 2.
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Justice For Daycare Sex Abuse Victims and Their Families
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com represents sexual abuse victims and their families in lawsuits against sexual predators and negligent third parties that failed to stop the abuse. Here are a few thoughts from Brian on the legal options available to daycare sex abuse victims and their families:
Daycares and all other businesses where adults are responsible for looking after children have a critical legal duty to make sure these children are safe. Tragically, sexual predators are often found in fields that involve working with kids. Daycares must do everything they can to make sure these predators are not permitted to work or volunteer for them in any capacity and other preventative measures should also be in place to reduce the risk of sexual abuse as much as possible.
When sexual abuse by a daycare employee is reported, both the accused employee and the daycare should be investigated. The employee will be the subject of a criminal investigation by the police department, while the daycare should be the subject of a civil investigation to determine if negligence played a role in allowing the abuse to occur.
For example, a daycare could be considered negligent if they failed to run background checks or failed to have a plan in place for preventing abuse by employees.
In cases of negligence, the victims and their families may have grounds for a lawsuit.
If you or a loved one has been sexually abused by a daycare employee, you can learn more about your family’s legal rights by speaking with an experienced sex abuse victims attorney.
North Valley Church Early Learning Center in Odenville, AL
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