Read Below: In the second section of this article, you can find legal commentary from sex abuse lawyer Brian Kent on filing a lawsuit against coaches committing sexual abuse.
A baseball coach at Tussey Mountain Middle/Senior High School has been charged with several felonies for allegedly sexually abusing a student.
23-year-old Daniel James Taylor faces three counts each of statutory sexual assault, institutional sexual assault, and corruption of minors. He also has been charged with three misdemeanor counts of indecent assault on a victim less than 16 years of age.
Taylor is accused of engaging in a sexual relationship with an underage student beginning in December 2019. Police were contacted regarding these allegations in February and went to the school to investigate. The principal brought officers to the victim’s locker, where they allegedly discovered two photographs of the victim with Taylor – including one where they were kissing.
Police then interviewed Taylor and he allegedly admitted that he had “fallen” for the victim and that they had kissed. He reportedly told officers that he met the victim at a basketball game and that they began communicating through Snapchat. He also allegedly admitted that the victim had sent him pictures of her in her underwear.
Taylor allegedly admitted that the two had kissed and that this progressed into sexual activity, including encounters at a friend’s house and in Taylor’s vehicle.
School sex abuse lawyer Brian Kent helps student sex abuse victims and their families find justice in civil lawsuits. We’ve asked Brian to share some of his thoughts on the legal rights of students who have been sexually abused by coaches and other school employees:
In many sex abuse cases, the perpetrator was not a stranger, but someone in a position of trust who was close to the victim. Unfortunately, our sex abuse victim lawyers have seen many cases of school sports coaches, teachers, and other school staff members sexually abusing students.
School officials have a legal duty to be aware of the problem our nation’s schools have with sexual abuse by employees. These officials must do everything they can to make sure their students are protected from sexual predators.
In some cases, student victims of sexual abuse were only abused because of school negligence – such as a failure to investigate reports of inappropriate behavior by an employee towards students. When negligence has been a factor, student sex abuse victims and their parents may have grounds for a lawsuit against the school district.
If you or your child has been sexually abused by a coach or another school employee, you can learn more about your legal rights in a free consultation with one of our experienced sex abuse victim lawyers.