According to CBS, a teacher is facing allegations of sexual abuse against two students at Los Alisos Middle School located at 14800 Jersey Ave #5849, Norwalk, CA 90650.
On Thursday, May 12, 2022, 60-year-old Scott Waln was arrested on multiple felony counts of sex acts against two children under the age of 14. Allegedly the middle school teacher has been under investigation for sex abuse that took place on the school campus. One of the incidents was said to have happened in 2017.
Waln is facing charges that include one felony count of lewd act upon a child under age 14 and one felony count of forcible lewd act upon a child under age 14. Investigators believe there may be additional victims.
Legal contributor and experienced sexual abuse attorney Bobby Thompson represents victims in the state of California. Bobby recently discussed when families could file a lawsuit if a middle school teacher sexually abused their child. Below he explains who could be held liable for sex abuse on a middle school campus.
"Sadly, cases of sexual crimes in middle schools are on the rise. In light of this growth, schools and school administrators have an even greater legal obligation to maintain safety on their campuses. Schools should make every effort to reduce the risk of preventable danger, including sexual abuse. Security cameras, frequent security sweeps, resource officers on patrol, and even a basic reporting system might all be part of a good safety plan."
"It's critical to launch an investigation if a report is made that a student has been assaulted by a teacher. Victims may have grounds to file a lawsuit if the school is found to have failed in its responsibility to prevent the abuse. Too often, students are sexually abused as a result of school security neglect. If school officials fail to address reports of teacher misconduct, they may be held liable. Victims of sexual abuse at a middle school may be able to sue the negligent school or school system. Suits against negligent third parties are complicated, and victims should get legal advice from an experienced school sexual abuse attorney."