Per a report by WFMZ, a former coach has been arrested and charged with sexually abusing a minor. He was employed as a football coach at Reading Senior High School located at 801 N 13th St, Reading, PA 19604.
On November 9, 2021, 39-year-old Andre Doyle was arrested and charged with indecent assault, corruption of minors, in addition to unlawful contact with a minor.
According to the Reading School District, they were just notified of the abuse charges on Tuesday, January 25, 2022. Doyle was the former football coach at the high school from 2018 to 2021. However, he resigned on December 13, 2021, without informing the school of the accusations.
Attorney contributor Brian Kent helps victims abused by teachers and coaches seek justice through civil lawsuits against negligent third parties. As an experienced school sexual abuse attorney, Brian offered to share some information on their legal options.
"Parents send their children to school with the intention that their wellbeing and safety is a top priority. High schools have a legal and moral responsibility to prioritize the safety of the students in their care. Sadly, sexual predators can take up positions within schools. These positions often include coaches and teachers in close contact with students. They gain the trust of these children and then exploit that trust to commit heinous crimes of sexual abuse."
"Schools can implement a safety plan that includes security cameras on the campus, patrolling resource officers, and repeating background checks on all staff. Failure to provide a level of preventative measures can cause a school to be deemed negligent. A reasonable security plan will help to reduce the risk of preventable crime, including sexual abuse."
"When a coach is accused of sexually abusing a student, it's essential to ask if the school could have prevented these crimes. These cases often only happen due to school officials' negligence, which may include ignoring reports of misconduct. If negligence is a factor in the sex abuse case, the victim may have grounds for a lawsuit. An experienced school sexual abuse attorney can guide victims through the legal process to get the compensation they deserve."