At Least 3 Students Accuse Parkwood Middle School Teacher of Sexual Abuse
Earlier this year, former Union County middle school teacher Daniel Wade Stanford was accused of sexually abusing at least three students. The 35-year-old former teacher from Parkwood Middle School was initially arrested on May 19 after one student reported inappropriate contact with Stanford to authorities. A few weeks later in early June, two more students came forward with allegations against Stanford.
According to investigators, incidents with the first student took place between 2014 and 2015, including many incidents which took place on school property.
Stanford is facing a total of 28 charges, including indecent liberties with a student, indecent liberties with a child, and simple assault.
First Allegations Made in 2008
According to a report by FOX 46 in North Carolina, the first accusations against Stanford were made a decade ago, in 2008. FOX obtained a report that was filed to the Union County Sheriff’s Office in March of 2008, in which Stanford was accused of indecent liberties with two male students at Parkwood Middle School, a 12 and 13-year-old. Stanford was suspended after this report, but no charges were filed and he eventually returned to teaching at the school.
Legal Recourse For Survivors of Sexual Abuse by Teachers
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com helps the survivors of sexual abuse tell their stories and find justice. Here are a few of his thoughts on the legal options available to survivors who have been abused by teachers and other school employees:
Although the vast majority of teachers are good people and positive influences in their communities, it’s no secret that a small handful of them are sexual predators who use their positions of authority to sexually abuse students. When a student comes forward with allegations of sexual abuse by a teacher or another school employee, there are several concerns to address: the student must get the support they need, the perpetrator must be prosecuted, and we must also ask if the school did all that they could to protect their students from abuse.
In some cases, negligence on the part of a school district enables abuse to occur. For example, a school district may be considered negligent for permitting a teacher to continue working even after being accused of sexual misconduct in the past, which allows that teacher to continue abusing students. When negligence plays a role in sexual abuse by a school employee, the victim and their family may have grounds for a lawsuit against the school.
If you or your child has been sexually abused by a school employee, it’s important to be aware of your legal rights. You can learn more about your options for justice by speaking with one of our sexual abuse survivors lawyers.