Patch has reported that a former bus driver and janitor has been arrested for sexually abusing a child. He was a former employee for schools within the Southold school district, such as Southold Elementary School located at 420 Oaklawn Ave, Southold, NY 11971.
On Sunday, January 2, 2022, 40-year-old Joseph Flythe was arrested and charged with first-degree felony sexual conduct against a child. Flythe has been accused of sexually abusing a minor.
The former bus driver and janitor has not been employed with the school district "for some time," but official fear his position may have allowed him to have more victims.
Attorney contributor Laurence Banville represents sex abuse victims and their families in civil lawsuits. As an experienced school sexual abuse attorney, he has offered to share some information on filing lawsuits for sexual abuse by school employees, such as bus drivers and janitors.
"The safety of a school campus should be the main concern for school officials and school districts. By law, they have to maintain a standard of security for the safety of their students and staff. School districts should implement a safety plan that includes installing security cameras on campuses, hiring patrolling resource officers, and conducting background checks on all school employees. When a school district fails to comply with these safety precautions, it can be deemed negligent by a civil court."
"If a school employee, like a bus driver or janitor, has a history of misconduct but was allowed to remain employed, the school district could be held accountable for crimes they commit. Foreseeable crimes such as these could allow victims of school sexual abuse to file a lawsuit against the negligent school district."
"Victims that have been sexually abused by a school employee should know they do not have to navigate the legal system alone. Compassionate school sexual abuse attorneys can guide them through their available legal options, which may include recovering a sexual abuse settlement."