According to KTVU, a sports referee was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a girl at Independence High School located at 617 N Jackson Ave, San Jose, CA 95133.
The assault was said to have occurred in April 2022 after school. Darwin Tengco, the 46-year-old boy's volleyball referee, was arrested on August 15, 2022. Tengco has been charged with sexual assault of a minor under 18.
Attorney contributor Bobby Thompson represents victims in school sex abuse lawsuits across California. During a recent interview, he discussed when families could file a lawsuit if a high school sports referee sexually assaulted their child.
"Sadly, the number of sexual crimes in high schools is on the rise. Schools and school districts have a legal obligation to maintain safety on their campuses because of this. This includes during regular school hours and after-school functions, like sporting events. In addition to mandating that all employees and staff undergo background checks, schools can have security cameras and patrolling security personnel across the campus."
"When a school employee is arrested for sexually assaulting a minor, it is necessary to make sure that the school did all they could to prevent the abuse. If the school is found to have failed in its responsibility to prevent abuse, the victims may be able to file a lawsuit. Too many incidents of sexual assault could have been prevented if not for school security neglect. Additionally, schools could be held liable for failing to address reports of teacher misconduct. School sexual abuse cases may be complicated and victims or their families should get legal advice from an experienced school sex assault attorney."