Former Jean Massieu School of the Deaf Teacher’s Aide Accused of Sexually Abusing At Least 3 Girls
A former teacher’s aide at the Jean Massieu School of the Deaf in Salt Lake City has been charged with sexually abusing at least three young girls who attended the school. 29-year-old Tyler Augustin Jex is charged with first-degree felonies of rape of a child, two counts of sodomy upon a child, and six counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child.
In 2013, the mother of one of the victims brought her 10-year-old daughter to Primary Children’s Hospital due to “increased aggression and violence”, according to court documents. During this hospital visit, the girl said that Jex had been touching her inappropriately.
Charging documents say that the alleged assaults happened in a school bathroom. During one of the assaults, another 11-year-old girl was brought into the bathroom as well and forced to expose herself. The same 11-year-old girl later disclosed that Jex had inappropriately touched her in a classroom after school when she was 10 years old.
In 2019, a third victim told police that Jex had raped her in a boy’s bathroom at the school when she was 11 years old. This girl also reported that Jex had grabbed her and ripped her dress at a school dance and that he began showing up at her church even though he didn’t normally go there.
Jex worked at the Jean Massieu School of the Deaf from January 2012 until June 2013. According to a spokeswoman for the Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind, the school was notified of sexual misconduct allegations involving Jex in 2013 after police notified them.
According to Salt Lake County District Attorney Sam Gill, the charges were only recently filed because evidence had recently been discovered which allowed charges to be filed for these previous cases. A $500,000 warrant was issued for Jex’s arrest on Wednesday, October 23.
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Legal Recourse For School Sex Abuse Victims & Their Families
Sex abuse victims and their families may have options for legal recourse in both the criminal justice and civil court systems. Attorney contributor Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com has offered to share some information on the legal options of school sex abuse victims and their families:
Sexual predators are often close to their victims, including working in trusted positions in our schools. School leaders must be aware of the threat that sexual predators pose to their students and must do all that they can to protect their students from these predators.
When students report being sexually abused by a school employee, the allegations must be taken seriously. Law enforcement should be contacted and the accused employee should be removed from the school before he or she has the chance to hurt other students.
Additionally, preventative measures should be in place for reducing the risk of sexual abuse – such as making sure teachers and other staff members are not alone with students.
In cases of school sex abuse, the school should be investigated to determine if they met their legal duty to protect their students. Some of these cases may have been prevented if not for negligence by the school. In these cases of negligence, the victims and their families may have grounds for a lawsuit against the school.
If you or a loved one is a survivor of sexual abuse by a school employee, you can learn more about your legal rights by contacting our experienced sex abuse victims lawyers for a free consultation.
Jean Massieu School of the Deaf in Salt Lake City, UT
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