A Second Victim Accuses Kevin Buelow of Child Sexual Abuse
A Milwaukee teacher has been accused of sexually abusing at least two children who were students at St. Matthias School, where the teacher worked as a 4th-grade teacher from 2001 to 2013.
On August 21, 45-year-old Kevin Buelow was arrested and charged with sexual assault of a child after he was accused of inappropriately touching a fourth-grade student during a tutoring session in the church basement of St. Matthias in 2012. On August 31, he was charged with another count of sexual assault of a child after another former student came forward and accused Buelow of inappropriately touching her during tutoring sessions between September 2010 and August 2011.
The second student came forward and notified Milwaukee Police Department detective of the alleged abuse the day after Buelow was first charged.
Buelow has been teaching at Holy Apostles since 2013. The school said he was placed on administrative leave following the initial charges.
Buelow faces a maximum sentence of 120 years in prison if convicted on all charges.
How Often Are Students Sexually Abused At School?
Unfortunately, stories like this one are not unique in the United States. We commonly see news stories involving sexual misconduct or assault by teachers upon students, and there are likely many other cases that are not reported and do not make the headlines. According to a study by the American Association of University Women, about 1 in 10 children are sexually abused during their K-12 school years. Again, this only accounts for reported cases of sexual abuse, so the true number is likely significantly higher.
Legal Recourse For Survivors of School Sexual Abuse
Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com has an extensive history of fighting for the survivors of sexual abuse. Here are some of his thoughts on how the legal system can help families in this unimaginably difficult situation:
When allegations of child sexual abuse surface, the first step should always be notifying law enforcement. The authorities will handle the investigation of the case and the prosecution of the perpetrator. This is crucial for removing a dangerous predator from society before he or she can harm other victims and providing justice for those who have already been victimized by the predator.
The survivors of school sexual abuse should also be aware of how the civil court system can help them. In many cases, institutional negligence played a role in failing to prevent sexual abuse. When this happens, these institutions can be held accountable if the victim decides to file a lawsuit.
Common forms of institutional negligence include failing to report allegations of abuse to the authorities, hiring an employee with a history of sexual misconduct, and outright attempting to cover up cases of sexual abuse.
If your family has been affected by sexual abuse at a school, we understand the difficulties you face. While nothing may erase these traumatic experiences, taking legal action can help provide justice and potentially protect others from suffering similar abuse. We advise speaking with an experienced sexual abuse victims lawyer to learn more about your legal options.
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St. Matthias Parish School in Milwaukee