Read More: Continue onto the second section of this article for legal commentary from Brian Kent, a lawyer for students sexually abused by coaches.
Sayreville Middle School teacher John Denuto has been charged with sexually abusing a former student during private coaching lessons. Denuto was arrested on February 15 and was charged with sexual assault, filming child pornography, endangering the welfare of a child, and possession of child pornography.
Denuto has coached wrestling and football at 15 different New Jersey high schools. He is 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.
The accuser came forward in January and told a friend about the alleged abuse. That friend convinced the accuser to tell his mother.
According to the accuser, he went to Denuto’s home in the summer of 2016 for lessons and Denuto would give him massages, which eventually progressed to the victim being nude. Denuto is also accused of sexually abusing the boy during these lessons.
The victim was between the ages of 13 and 15 at the time of the alleged abuse. Denuto is accused of taking photos of the alleged abuse.
Denuto was formerly a head wrestling coach at Sayreville High School, but was not rehired in 2009 after parents of team members accused him of conducting strip searches of wrestlers. He was transferred from the high school to the middle school as a teacher.
Attorney contributor Brian Kent represents victims of sexual abuse by coaches, teachers, and other school employees. Brian has offered to share some thoughts on the legal rights of these victims:
Teachers, coaches, and others who work with children must be trustworthy people. Sadly, sexual predators are often found working in these positions. Our schools must be aware of the dangers that these predators pose to their students and must do everything possible to prevent their students from becoming victims of sexual abuse.
When a coach or teacher is charged with sexually abusing a student, it’s important to investigate all of the circumstances surrounding the case. Some of these cases may have been prevented if not for negligence by the school district – such as ignoring previous complaints of inappropriate behavior or sexual abuse by the coach.
If negligence by the school district is found, school sex abuse victims and their parents may have grounds for a lawsuit.
You can learn more about your legal options as a victim of sexual abuse by a wrestling coach in a free consultation with one of our experienced sex abuse victim lawyers.