West High School Teacher Accused of Sexual Relationship with Student
West High School teacher Sterrett “Rett” Neale has been charged with seven felonies for allegedly engaging in an illegal sexual relationship with one of his students. The 54-year-old teacher is charged with three counts of object rape, two counts of forcible sodomy, and two counts of forcible sexual abuse.
The authorities say that Neale participated in sexual acts with a 17-year-old female student beginning in March 2017 while the girl was a student at West High. These encounters allegedly continued after she graduated.
Charging documents say that the first incident occurred in Neale’s classroom at the school. After this, the two reportedly had sexual contact several times at Neale’s home in Millcreek. The girl told police these encounters happened between once a week and once every other week from August 2017 until February 2019.
Neale was arrested on April 24 in his classroom right before school began for the day. He began teaching at the Salt Lake School District in 1994.
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Legal Options For Students Sexually Abused by Teachers
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com is a former sex crimes prosecutor who now represents survivors of sexual abuse in civil lawsuits. Here are a few general thoughts from Brian concerning the legal options available to teacher sex abuse victims and their families:
Parents trust that their students will be in safe hands during the school day. While most teachers and school professionals are indeed trustworthy people, there have also been widespread reports of sexual abuse in schools across the nation. When a teacher sexually abuses a student, it’s important for that student and their family to be aware of their legal rights.
The criminal justice system will handle the prosecution of a teacher reported for sexual abuse, but the legal options for victims don’t always end here. In some cases, schools are also partially responsible for failing to prevent or stop the abuse of their students because of negligence. In cases involving negligence, victims of school employee sexual abuse may have grounds for a lawsuit.
Common examples of school negligence in these cases include:
- Failing to run thorough background checks before hiring new employees
- Ignoring student complaints of sexual misconduct or inappropriate behavior by employees
- Attempting to cover up reports of sexual misconduct
Each school sex abuse case has unique circumstances. In order to better understand your legal rights as a victim of sex abuse (or parent of a victim), we advise discussing your case with an experienced sex abuse victims lawyer.
West High School in Salt Lake City, UT
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