Track Coach Charged with Sexually Assaulting 2 Students
A track coach at Branham High School in San Jose was arrested last Thursday, January 24 for allegedly sexually abusing two girls at Valley Christian High School over a decade ago.
Police say that 56-year-old Gregory Marshall sexually assaulted two 17-year-old victims inside his classroom at Valley Christian between 2004 and 2005.
Marshall currently coaches track at Branham High School and is also the owner of Marshall Sports Performance and Fitness in San Jose. He was arrested on January 24 and booked at Santa Clara County Jail. Marshall faces 12 felony counts of sexual penetration and 12 felony counts of oral copulation with a person under the age of 18.
Marshall was a track and basketball coach at Valley High when these allegations were first brought to light in 2006. The school told police of the alleged sexual assault but he was never charged. The case was reopened last spring when another alleged victim came forward. Police say they now have new evidence against Marshall.
Anyone with information related to this case or was a victim themselves has been asked to contact police Detective Mike O’Grady or Sgt. Sean Pierce at (408) 537-1387.
Justice for Survivors of Sexual Assault by Teachers and Coaches
Attorney contributor Brian Kent is a former prosecutor who now practices as a civil attorney, helping survivors of sexual assault find justice through lawsuits. Here is some insight from Brian concerning the legal options available to those who have been sexually abused by teachers, coaches, and other school employees:
Our schools are meant to be learning institutions where our children can develop into successful adults. But tragically, schools are also targeted by sexual predators who seek out positions of trust (such as teaching or coaching) and exploit that trust in order to commit heinous crimes. Our schools must be aware of the threat of sexual predators and make sure that none are permitted on school property in any capacity whatsoever. When a teacher, coach, or another school employee sexually abuses students, the abuser must be prosecuted and the school must also be held accountable if their negligence allowed the abuse to occur.
Some common examples of school negligence in student sexual abuse cases include:
- Failure to run a background check and hiring an employee with a history of sexual misconduct
- Failure to immediately notify authorities of suspected or reported sexual abuse
- Allowing employees to spend time one-on-one with students
When negligence is involved, the victims and their families may have grounds for a lawsuit against the school district. If you or a loved one is a survivor of sexual abuse by a coach or teacher, we want to help your family find justice for the trauma you’ve suffered. Consider getting in touch with one of our experienced sexual abuse survivors attorneys to learn more about your family’s legal options.