Sayreville Middle School teacher John Denuto, 44-years-old, charged last year with the sexual assault of a teenager, possession of child pornography, photographing a child in a sex act, and child endangerment, faces new sexual assault charges reported Pix11.
Denuto has coached wrestling and football at 15 different New Jersey high schools. The investigation into Denuto continued following last year's allegations and investigators indicated Denuto had possession of more child sexual exploitive material. Additionally, prosecutors allege Denuto photographed seven additional victims without their knowledge and allegedly inappropriately touched five of those victims, reported Pix11.
Previously, Denuto was accused of offering private coaching lessons to a former Sayreville Middle School student in October 2016, who had graduated from the eighth grade earlier that year. Denuto allegedly gave the victim massages, which progressed to the victim being nude. Denuto was accused of sexually abusing the victim, between the ages of 13 and 15, during these lessons.
Attorney contributor Brian Kent represents victims of sexual abuse by coaches, teachers, and other school employees. Below, Brian shares his insight on the legal rights of victims sexually abused by a teacher.
"Teachers and other staff who work with children in schools must be trustworthy people. Unfortunately, across the country, we have seen sexual predators are often found working in these positions. Schools must be aware of the dangers these predators pose to students and do everything possible to prevent students from being exposed and becoming potential victims of sexual abuse. Preventative measures include easy reporting systems, cameras, background checks, and more."
"First, victims and their families should explore their legal options by securing the services of an experienced sexual abuse attorney. When a coach or teacher is charged with the sexual abuse of a student, the teacher, and the school could be considered liable and should be investigated. Some sexual abuse cases could have been prevented if there was no negligence by the school district or administration. An example of negligence is if previous misconduct complaints against a teacher or coach were ignored. In cases where the school district is found negligent, sex abuse victims and their families may have grounds for a civil lawsuit."