A coach who worked for at least two Catholic schools in San Antonio resigned from his current position on Monday, November 5 after several former students (now adults) accused him of sexual abuse during their time as students.
On Monday, Providence Catholic School notified alumnae and the parents of current students that several other alumnae had come forward with "credible allegations" of sexual abuse by Ruben Calderon.
Calderon was employed as a coach and teacher at the all-girls Providence Catholic School during the late 80s until the mid-90s. He was later employed by Holy Cross of San Antonio, which is where he resigned from on Monday. According to the Archdiocese of San Antonio, Calderon was placed on administrative leave on October 13. The school also hired an investigator specializing in sexual misconduct after being notified of sexual misconduct allegations, who will hand his findings over to the San Antonio Police Department.
Attorney contributor Marc Lenahan represents the survivors of sexual violence, helping them find the answers and support they deserve. We've asked him for some insight into the legal options available to child sexual abuse survivors who were abused by school employees like teachers and coaches:
Teachers and coaches are in positions of authority and are some of the most trusted members of our communities. Unfortunately, these positions of authority and trust provide opportunities for sexual predators to commit heinous crimes. When a teacher, coach, or another school employee sexually abuses students, it's crucial to make sure these survivors get the support they need and that the perpetrators and their enablers are held accountable.
In some cases, schools are notified of complaints of sexual abuse but fail to respond appropriately. For instance, school administrators may refuse to believe survivors and allow the teacher to continue working, leading to further abuse. This constitutes negligence and in cases like this, the survivors may have grounds for a lawsuit against the school.
If you or your child has been sexually abused by a school employee, you can learn more about your family's legal options by speaking to an experienced sexual abuse survivors lawyer.