Note: School sexual abuse lawyer Bobby Thompson will discuss the legal rights of victims and their families in the section below this one.
An athletic trainer for John W. North High School in Riverside, California was arrested last week for allegedly sexually abusing an underage former student. 26-year-old John Torrez faces two felony counts of committing a sex act with a minor.
Torrez has worked as a Career Technical Education Instructor for the Riverside County Office of Education since November 2018. He was assigned to North High School in the Riverside Unified School District at the time of the alleged abuse.
A John W. North High School resource officer started investigating Torrez after a female student reported an incident involving Torrez and a former student, who was not attending North High School during the current school year. According to the police, the school resource officer discovered that the instructor had been “engaged in an ongoing relationship with the minor student for several months.”
Torrez has been placed on leave since these allegations were raised. He posted $100,000 bail and was released the same day as his arrest. He also works as a private athletic trainer for a company called Clover Enterprises.
Attorney Contributor Bobby Thompson has experience in representing sexual abuse victims in lawsuits against schools. He offered us the following comments on sexual abuse lawsuits against schools:
“Many sexual assault investigations at schools will find that either the school or school district acted negligently. Schools have an obligation to provide a safe environment for students. In order to fulfill this obligation, schools must exhaust all measures in preventing crimes such as sexual assault. This includes conducting a background check on teachers and addressing any complaints of abuse. If a school does not adequately employ these measures then it may be found negligent and be held accountable by the victim in a civil lawsuit.”