According to News Break, a former teacher at Morro Bay High School faces sexual assault charges.
Tyler Dale Andree, 24-years-old, allegedly committed multiple sexual assault crimes against two minors between December 2018 and October 2020. Andree was both a teacher and coach at Morro Bay High School.
Andree was arraigned for one felony count of contacting a minor for the purpose of engaging in a sexual offense and two misdemeanor counts of annoying or molesting a child. Further details regarding the incidents of assault with the two minors have not been released.
Andree pleaded not guilty and was released and ordered not to have any contact with or be in the presence of minors. The Morro Bay Police conducted the investigation.
Attorney Bobby Thompson is an experienced sexual assault attorney who works with victims sexually abused by school employees. In an interview, we asked Bobby to share his thoughts on teacher sexual assault cases.
"Schools and teachers have a legal obligation to protect the students in their care. To properly ensure the safety of students, schools should implement safety measures. Examples of safety measures are cameras and guards, but there are more. Sadly, across the country, there have been numerous cases where teachers have exploited their positions of power and trust to abuse students sexually. School administrations must do their best to prevent abuse from occurring and allowing predators to work in schools with children."
"When a child is sexually abused by a teacher, the victim and their family should ask if the school did everything possible to prevent the abuse from occurring. In cases where the school did not do its best to prevent abuse from happening, it may be considered liable due to negligence. An example of negligence is if sexual misconduct was reported but ignored and the teacher was allowed to continue working. Victim's families should secure the services of an experienced sexual assault attorney to explore all their legal options. In cases of negligence, victims and their families may have grounds for a civil lawsuit against the school."