Last Update: 7/13/2020
Police in Torrance arrested a 49-year-old teacher on suspicion of sexual assault at South Torrance High School on Monday, December 3. Detectives went to the school at around 1:30 p.m. to investigate a tip concerning a 2012 sexual assault. Authorities believe the assault involved a teacher and a former student, who was under 18 years old at the time. No additional details have been provided.
Detectives conducted a preliminary investigation and arrested Kevin McElwee in connection to the assault. Authorities are currently looking over evidence to determine if there are additional victims.
Anyone with information or who was also a victim has been encouraged to call the Torrance Police Department at (310) 328-3456.
Bobby Thompson, an attorney contributor on Legal Herald, represents survivors in high school teacher sex abuse lawsuits. Here is his perspective on how the legal system can help the victims of sexual abuse at the hands of teachers or other school employees:
“Our nation’s schools have a serious problem with sexual abuse. According to a report by Stop Educator Sexual Abuse Misconduct and Exploitation (SESAME), approximately 10% of children between grades 8 and 11 have experienced sexual misconduct from an adult (usually a teacher or coach). We trust our educational professionals to help our kids grow into successful adults, but some of these professionals are predators who exploit our trust in order to sexually abuse their students. In such cases of sexual abuse by school employees, the school district can be considered negligent and ultimately result in compensation for the victim and their families via a lawsuit in the civil justice system.”