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San Jose Teacher Accused of Classroom Sexual Assault

A Spanish teacher at Pioneer High School in San Jose was arrested on Tuesday, January 22 for allegedly sexually assaulting a student in a classroom at the school.

37-year-old Ricardo Chavarria was arrested during school hours at the high school located at 1290 Blossom Hill Road. School Spokeswoman Lili Smith has announced that he will not be rehired within the school district.

According to the police, a staff member from Pioneer High School called them to report the alleged assault on Tuesday. Authorities believe that Chavarria sexually assaulted a 17-year-old girl in his classroom between November and December.

Chavarria was booked at Santa Clara County Jail and is expected to be charged with four felony counts of sexual penetration with a person under the age of 18 and three felony counts of oral copulation.

Individuals with information related to this case and anyone with info on similar incidents has been asked to contact Detective Frank Montoya at (408) 537-1382 or the anonymous tip line at (408) 947-7867.

Legal Options for Survivors of Teacher Sexual Assault

Attorney contributor Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com is a former prosecutor who now directly represents survivors of sexual assault as a civil attorney. We’ve asked him to share some thoughts on the legal options available to survivors of sexual assault by teachers, coaches, and other school employees:

Our teachers are supposed to be pillars of our community, and most of them are. However, some teachers and others who work in our schools are sexual predators who exploit their positions of trust in order to commit heinous crimes of sexual abuse against their students. These predators must be stopped and prosecuted before they can hurt others and their victims must get the support they deserve. Additionally, our schools need to do everything in their power to keep their students safe from the threat of sexual predators.

In some cases of sexual abuse involving teachers, the abuse only occurred due to negligence on the part of the school. For example, a school might be deemed negligent for hiring a new employee without first running a background check which could have revealed a history of sexual misconduct. 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 teacher or another school employee, we understand how painful this time is for your family. You can find justice for what your family has been through. To learn more about your legal options, get in touch with one of our experienced sexual assault survivors attorneys.

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