Syracuse.com has reported that a CNY school bus driver has been arrested for sexual misconduct with students in the Sherburne-Earlville School district located at 15 School St, Sherburne, NY 13460.
On Thursday, February 3, 2022, 61-year-old Douglas C. Webb was arrested after being accused of inappropriately touching three high school students. The students were 14-years-old, 15-years-old and 16-years-old at the time of the abuse.
Webb was released without bail and is facing charges including forcible touching and endangering the welfare of a child. He has been driving a school bus for schools within the Sherburne-Earlville School district since 2009.
Attorney contributor Laurence Banville represents victims and their families in bus driver sexual abuse cases. Laurence recently sat down with Legal Herald to discuss the legal rights of victims sexually assaulted by a school bus driver.
"Parents trust that when their children are in the care of a school, that the school employees have the best interest of the children. This includes keeping them safe from preventable dangers, such as sexual abuse. Sadly, sexual predators strive to work closely with children, often taking up the roles of school employees to gain the students' trust. These roles can range from bus drivers, teachers, coaches, and other school staff members. Any student abuse must be thoroughly investigated, and these investigations should also look into whether or not the abuse could have been prevented. Too often, abuse is allowed to happen due to the negligence of a third party. The school, school district, and busing authorities are all susceptible parties."
"By law, schools must ensure their students are reasonably safe; this includes transportation to and from school. Schools can fulfill this commitment by installing video monitoring systems on the school property and requiring it for any hired transportation methods. Additionally, the school should mandate that all employees undergo a background check to ensure they do not have a history of misconduct. Failure to implement a safety plan could cause the school to be deemed negligent."
"In cases of third party negligence, the victim and their family may have grounds to file a lawsuit in order to recover compensation. By speaking with a school sexual abuse attorney, the victim and their families can explore their legal options."