Former Christian School Teacher Accused of Assaulting Student Multiple Time
A former Statesville Christian School teacher is facing several charges for allegedly repeatedly sexually assaulting a student.
On Tuesday, March 26, 47-year-old Derone Martin McNeill was charged with 26 counts each of second-degree rape, second-degree forcible sexual offense, and sexual activity by a teacher with a student.
Investigators say that the alleged sexual assaults happened several times between February 2012 and May 2014.
McNeill currently works as a teacher assistant and bus driver for the Iredell-Statesville School System. He has been suspended without pay, pending the outcome of the investigation. He is currently in a local hospital and will be arrested upon his release.
According to investigators, additional charges could be coming from the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office.
Legal Recourse for Survivors of Sexual Abuse by School Employees
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com helps survivors of sexual abuse fight for justice in civil lawsuits. We’ve asked him to share some thoughts on the legal options available to those who have been abused by teachers, coaches, and other school employees:
Our schools need to focus on the safety of their students just as much as the quality of their education. Education and other fields that involve working with children are often targeted by sexual predators, who seek out positions of authority and trust where they think they’ll be able to get away with their crimes. In cases of sexual abuse by school employees, it’s important to determine if the school did all that they could to protect their students.
For example, a school might be considered negligent in a case of sexual abuse if they hired an employee without first conducting a background check that could have revealed a history of sexual misconduct. In cases where negligence contributed to the abuse, the victims and their families may have a case for a lawsuit against the school.
If you or someone you love is a survivor of sexual abuse by a school employee, there are ways for your family to find justice. You can learn more about your legal options by speaking to experienced sexual assault survivors lawyer.