South Torrance High Teacher Arrested For on Suspicion of Sexual Assault
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.
Legal Recourse For Victims of Teacher Sexual Abuse
Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com represents survivors of child sexual abuse in civil lawsuits and formerly worked as a sex crimes prosecutor in criminal courts. Here is his perspective on how the legal system can help survivors of sexual abuse by teachers and 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 many cases of sexual abuse involving school employees, the school district was negligent in a way that failed to prevent or enabled the abuse. For example, a school might be considered negligent if a teacher arrested for sexual abuse had previous allegations of sexual misconduct against him. In cases involving negligent, the victims and their families may have grounds for a lawsuit against the district.
If you or your child has been sexually abused by a school employee, consider speaking to an experienced sexual abuse survivors attorney about your family’s legal options.