Former North Division High Coach, Youth Adviser Charged with Sexual Assault of a Student by School Staff
Former North Division High School youth adviser and girl’s basketball coach Marquis Thomas has been accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl who he was mentoring. Thomas has been charged with sexual assault of a student by school staff and exposing a child to harmful material – both felonies.
The 29-year-old worked at the high school as an anti-violence adviser for a nonprofit group called Running Rebels. That organization and the school both fired him last week after he was charged.
The criminal complaint states that the student told police that Thomas was assigned to mentor her and that he sexually assaulted her several times between October 2019 and January 2020. According to the complaint, Thomas was aware that the victim was underage and that he could face criminal charges for engaging in sexual contact with her.
Thomas is also accused of sending the victim sexually explicit photos and text messages.
Police say that when they questioned Thomas, he admitted to engaging in sexual activity with the victim.
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Justice For School Sex Abuse Victims and Their Families
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com is a former sex crimes prosecutor who now represents sexual abuse victims and their families in civil lawsuits. Brian has offered to share some general information on the legal rights of students who have been sexually abused by school staff members:
In any field where adults are working with children, it’s vital to make sure that those adults are trustworthy people. Sadly, child predators often seek out employment in positions of trust that involve working with kids. Our attorneys regularly see this in tragic cases involving school staff members like teachers and coaches sexually abusing students.
School officials must do everything they can to protect their students from preventable dangers, including sexual predators. Some cases of school employee sexual abuse only happen because of negligence by the school, such as failing to run background checks. When negligence has played a role in enabling abuse, the victims and their families may have grounds for a lawsuit against the school.
If you or a loved one has been sexually abused by a coach or another school staff member, you can learn more about your legal rights in a free consultation with one of our experienced sex abuse victims lawyers.
North Division High School in Milwaukee, WI
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