Bond Set at $50,000 For Janitor Accused of Abusing Student
On Tuesday, November 20, police arrested a 65-year-old contracted janitor at Northwood Community Elementary School based on allegations that he kissed and inappropriately touched a 10-year-old student. Stavros Iliopoulos has been charged with first-degree sexual assault of a child, false imprisonment, and child enticement. He was working at the school as an independent contractor with Victory Janitorial, Inc.
According to the Oneida County Sheriff’s Department, school surveillance video shows Iliopoulos entering a closet with the student. The student told investigators that, while inside, Iliopoulos hugged her, kissed her, and touched her bare leg.
The Oneida County Sheriff’s Department and the School District of Rhinelander are currently investigating the incident. Iliopoulos remains in the Oneida County Jail on a $50,000 cash bond.
Legal Recourse For Victims of Child Sexual Abuse in Schools
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com has a background as a sex crimes prosecutor. Today, he is a civil attorney who specializes in helping survivors of sexual assault find justice through lawsuits. Here is some input from Brian regarding the legal rights for those who have been sexually abused by school staff:
We all trust that our kids are in safe hands when we drop them off at school, but unfortunately, this is not always the case. While most school employees are honorable people, a small minority are sexual predators who abuse students. When this happens, it’s important for the victim’s family to be aware of their legal rights. In some cases, these families may have grounds to file lawsuits against the perpetrator and the school district.
Some cases of child sexual abuse involve negligence by third parties, such as the perpetrator’s employer. In school sexual abuse cases, the school district may be considered negligent if they failed to keep their students safe from abuse – such as failing to run a background check before hiring an employee with a history of sexual misconduct.
If you or a loved one has been sexually abused by a school employee, you can find justice in the civil court system. To learn more about your legal options, consider speaking with one of our experienced sexual abuse survivors attorneys today.