Greenville Elementary Instructor Accused of Sexual Abuse
Police in Santa Ana say that a 23-year-old after-school instructor who worked at Greenville Elementary School sexually abused four students and detectives suspect that there may be additional victims. In October, Eddy Bustamante Infante was arrested at his home on suspicion of aggravated sexual assault and booked at the Orange County Jail with bail set at $1 million.
Infante began working as an after-school instructional provider and teacher’s aide at Greenville in 2015. A 12-year-old female victim told investigators that Infante sexually assaulted her during an after-school program when she was 10 years old. This alleged incident was not immediately reported. Detectives began a full investigation and discovered three additional victims.
Detectives are worried there could be additional victims and have encouraged anyone with information to contact Detective J. Guidry at (714) 245-8530.
Legal Rights For Survivors of School Child Sexual Abuse
Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com is an attorney who specializes in helping the victims of sexual violence find justice against their attackers and third parties who enabled them. We’ve asked him for some thoughts on the options for legal recourse available to survivors of child sexual abuse in schools:
Like many other settings where adults are working with kids, jobs and volunteer positions at our schools often attract sexual predators who use their positions of trust as a way to commit terrible crimes. When a student is sexually abused by a school employee, there are many concerns to address. Attending to the needs of the victims and getting them the help they need is always the top priority, along with prosecuting the perpetrator. Additionally, it’s important to consider if the school was negligent in a way that allowed the abuse to occur.
A school may be considered negligent for a variety of reasons, such as:
- Failure to run a background check and hiring an employee with a history of sexual misconduct
- Failure to report complaints of sexual misconduct to law enforcement
- Allowing an employee accused of sexual misconduct to continue working
In cases where the school is considered negligent, the victims and their families may have grounds for a lawsuit against the school district. If you or a loved one has been sexually abused by a school employee, consider speaking to an experienced sexual abuse survivors attorney to learn more about your legal options.