According to syracuse.com, a Sandy Creek School District art teacher was charged with first-degree rape.
Martin Scoville, 46-years-old, is accused of raping one of his students against their will in 2009. This inappropriate relationship is said to have occurred from around 2005 until 2009.
Prompting an investigation, Scoville was put on administrative leave and could face 5 to 25 years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines, by way of syracuse.com.
Attorney contributor Laurence Banville provides commentary regarding victims who have been sexually abused within their school community. Laurence shares his insight regarding the legal guidelines for those sexually abused below:
“Teachers are put in their positions to guide their students and protect them at all costs. Students attend school to learn and look to their superiors for guidance. However, instructors and employees of schools sometimes use their positions to abuse students. Safety measures, such as extensive interview tactics and surveillance should be implemented and used in order to ensure the well-being of the students.”
“If the needed safety is not implemented for students, families must look at legal options if their child is abused. The security and protection of the students is of the most importance and can be lacking in many cases. If the accused was employed at the time of the incident, a school may be considered liable if a court finds them negligent. Institutions must act with their students’ welfare in mind and protect them to the best of their ability. If their actions are deficient, the victim would have a case for a civil lawsuit against the school.”