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A Richland High School teacher has been accused of sexual abuse and sexual misconduct involving students.

At Least 7 Students Report Sexual Misconduct by Richland High Teacher John Bittinger

Richland High School teacher John Bittinger has been arrested for allegedly sexually abusing a student and at least seven students have reported the teacher for inappropriate behavior. He has been booked on possible charges of 3rd-degree child molestation and indecent liberties.

Court documents say a female student has accused Bittinger of placing his hands on her at the school. Another six female students wrote statements alleging that Bittinger was touchy with female students. Two of these students say Bittinger had a habit of staring at students’ chests and looking down skirts of one student.

One student reported that Bittinger allegedly looked under her desk on a day she wore a dress and said “I had to check just to make sure that you’re still a girl.”

In the molestation case, Richland Police say a 14-year-old girl was sexually assaulted by Bittinger. According to the victim, Bittinger undressed in front of her and tried to address her. However, she was able to escape.

According to court documents, seven female students have reported inappropriate behavior or conduct involving Bittinger.

He was arrested on December 4 and booked at the Benton County Jail.

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Legal Rights of Student Sex Abuse Victims and Their Families

Attorney contributor Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com is a former sex crimes prosecutor who now represents sex abuse victims and their families in civil lawsuits. Brian has offered to share some of his knowledge on the legal rights of school sex abuse victims and their families:

In education and other fields that involve trusted adults working with children, safety precautions must be made in order to keep those children safe. Sadly, sexual predators are often found in these fields. School administrators must make sure all employees are thoroughly vetted. When allegations of sexual abuse involving a teacher arise, these allegations must be taken seriously.

After sex abuse allegations by a teacher have been reported, both the accused employee and the school should be investigated. Along with the criminal investigation into the accused, the school should be investigated to determine if a form of negligence is to blame for failing to prevent the abuse. For example, the school could be considered negligent for ignoring previous complaints of sexual misconduct involving the accused teacher.

If you or a loved one has been sexually abused by a teacher or another school employee, our sex abuse victims lawyers are prepared to help your family find justice. You can learn more about your legal options in a free consultation.

Richland High School in Richland, WA

Sources

https://www.tri-cityherald.com/news/local/crime/article238075214.html

https://www.nbcrightnow.com/news/richland-high-school-teacher-accused-of-molesting–year-old/article_b09ebe78-179e-11ea-97ed-5367755809d5.html

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