The Turlock Journal has reported that sexual assault charges have been brought against the band teacher of Turlock High School, located at 1600 E Canal Dr, Turlock, CA 95380.
On Monday, November 1, 2021, 38-year-old Daniel James Baudino was arrested for sexually assaulting a student. Baudino was the band teacher for Turlock High School, Turlock Junior High School, and Dennis Earl Elementary School. The junior high school is located at 3951 N Walnut Rd, Turlock, CA 95382. The elementary school is located at 4091 N Olive Ave, Turlock, CA 95382.
On October 28, 2021, the first victim reported that the abuse took place from June 2016 to August 2016. Police said that there is a "15 year age gap between Baudino and the confidential victim." Since the initial investigation, more victims have contacted the Turlock Police Department, and those claims are being investigated. Police believe there may be more victims.
Baudino is currently being charged with five counts of having unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor and four counts of oral copulation with a minor.
Attorney contributor Bobby Thompson is a sex abuse victim lawyer who helps victims and their families find justice through civil lawsuits against sexual predators and negligent third parties, such as schools. Bobby has provided commentary below regarding filing a lawsuit for sexual abuse at a school.
"Teachers are trusted daily by both parents and children. Sadly, there have been many cases of teachers and other school staff taking advantage of their positions to abuse students sexually. School officials are legally obligated to initiate preventative security measures to protect their students from this abuse. This may include conducting extensive background checks and researching reports of prior misconduct."
"If a teacher is charged with sexually abusing a student, it is necessary to inquire if the school did everything it could to prevent the abuse. Some abuse cases only happen as a result of the school's negligence, which may include ignoring past complaints of a teacher's inappropriate behavior."
"In cases of negligence, school sex abuse victims and their families have grounds for a civil lawsuit. If you fear your child has been sexually abused, it is imperative to learn more about your legal options with an experienced sex abuse victim lawyer."