Detectives Arrest Foothill High Basketball Coach For Sexual Assault of Student
Sheriff’s Detectives in Sacramento County arrested 32-year-old Foothill High School Head Basketball Coach Stephen Calton on Thursday, November 29 for allegedly sexually assaulting a student from the school. Calton was brought into custody and charged with Felony Oral Copulation with a person under the age of 18.
According to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, they were notified of allegations in June of this year about an incident from about 2 years ago, when a student was allegedly sexually assaulted. Sheriff’s Detectives investigated the allegations and eventually identified Stephen Calton as the suspect.
Police also rearrested Calton on Misdemeanor Battery against a person with a previous dating relationship, Felony Vandalism, and Felony Burglary charges in connection with a 2016 case when Calton was sentenced to 5 years of formal searchable probation.
In an official statement, the Twin Rivers Unified School District announced that Calton was immediately placed on administrative leave after the school was notified of the allegations by the Sheriff’s Department.
Legal Rights of Coach Sexual Abuse Victims
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com is a former sex crimes prosecutor who now represents sexual abuse survivors in civil court. Here is his perspective on the legal options available to those who have been sexually abused by coaches and other school employees:
In many cases of child sexual abuse, the perpetrator is someone in a position of authority or trust – such as a teacher, coach, or religious leader. When this happens, attending to the needs of the victim and contacting the police must be the top priority. But it’s also important to determine if a third party, such as a school, was negligent in a way that enabled the sexual abuse to occur. An example of such negligent would be a failure to run a background check before hiring a new employee.
In cases where negligence is partially to blame for child sexual abuse, the victims and their families may have grounds for a lawsuit. If you or your child has been sexually abused by a teacher, coach, or another authority figure, you can learn more about your legal options by speaking to an experienced sexual abuse survivors attorney.
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