According to the NY Post, a former teaching assistant at Circle Academy in Urbana, IL, admitted to having sex with a 14-year-old student while still working at the school.
24-year-old Allyssa Gustafson pleaded guilty to aggravated criminal sexual abuse after having sexual intercourse with her former student. Allegedly, she engaged with the adolescent boy on over five encounters in March of 2019.
Police found that Gustafson communicated with the student over Snapchat and Facebook Messenger. Through these messages, she sent photos of herself in lingerie and bathing suits.
Gustafson pleaded guilty to receive part of a plea deal, resulting in probation and community service. Prosecutors are pushing for Gustafson to serve jail time.
Attorney Commentator Brian Kent has represented numerous victims sexually abused by a teacher in civil cases. We asked Brian to share his insight on the legal rights of victims of these crimes.
“We have seen cases across the country of teachers sexually abusing students. To uphold the safety of students, schools must ensure they implement safety measures. For example, implementing background checks for all employees and putting security cameras in and outside the building.”
“If a school is considered negligent, they may be considered liable for the sexual abuse of the employees. An example of negligence is if a school ignored previous misconduct reports. Victims of sexual abuse by a teacher should know their legal rights. If a school is considered negligent, the victim and their family may be eligible for compensation.”