24-year-old Grand Canyon University employee Joshua Basulto has been accused of sexually abusing an underage student from the school.
According to the police, on Friday the 17-year-old victim was at Basulto’s home in North Phoenix, near the intersection of 27th Avenue and Jomax Road, watching a movie. Basulto is a friend of the victim’s family.
Police say that while Basulto’s wife was away from the home, the girl went to sleep in a spare bedroom. Basulto is accused of sexually abusing her in that spare bedroom later in the night.
Court records say that the girl is originally from California and a student at Grand Canyon University, where Basulto reportedly works.
The girl contacted the police and then saw a sexual assault examiner who confirmed that she suffered injuries related to a “non-consensual act.”
According to the police, Basulto confessed to the crime in a recorded call with the victim. He is being held on a $50,000 bond for sexual abuse and sexual conduct with a minor.
Attorney contributor and university sexual abuse lawyer Kevin Biniazin is a former sex crimes prosecutor who now represents survivors of sexual abuse in civil lawsuits. Kevin has offered to share some general information on the legal rights of those who have been sexually abused by university employees:
Sexual assault is a major problem on college campuses. While sexual assaults between students may be more common, there have also been numerous cases of university staff members sexually assaulting students. In any case of university sexual assault, it’s important to determine if the assault could have been prevented if not for negligence by the university.
For example, a university might be considered negligent in a case involving a sexual assault committed by an employee if the university had ignored previous complaints of sexual misconduct involving that employee.
If you or a loved one has been sexually abused by a university employee, you can learn more about your legal rights by contacting an experienced sex abuse victims attorney.