Ellsworth Elementary Physical Education Teacher Arrested on Child Sex Abuse Allegations
Ellsworth Elementary School physical education teacher Jerry Miller was arrested on Friday, August 9 for allegedly molesting a student. Miller has been charged with first-degree child molestation.
A Vancouver police detective received a Child Protective Services report on June 11, which alleged that Miller had inappropriately touched a female student on multiple occasions at the school.
The victim is now 13 years old and no longer a student at Ellsworth. Court documents say that she told investigators Miller groped her chest when she was a 5th-grade student.
She also told investigators that in another incident, the 60-year-old gym teacher touched her thigh and kissed her cheeks. She said that she pushed his hand away, but that he would not stop.
According to the affidavit, Miller told the girl, “Don’t tell your parents,” in the second alleged incident.
Miller has worked for Evergreen Public Schools since 1986. His current employment status is not clear at this time. He has an arraignment scheduled for August 23.
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Justice For Victims of Sexual Abuse by Teachers & Other School Employees
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com specializes in helping victims of sexual abuse find justice through civil lawsuits. Brian has offered to share some information on the legal rights of those who have been sexually abused by teachers and other school employees:
Schools have a critical responsibility to make sure their students are safe from dangerous sexual predators. Sadly, these predators often place themselves in positions of trust and authority, including as teachers and other positions in our schools. School administrators must stay aware of the threat of sexual predators and do all in their power to keep these predators away from their students.
When students come forward to disclose sexual abuse by a school staff member, several concerns must be addressed. Along with a criminal investigation of the perpetrator, the school should also be investigated to determine if they failed in their legal duty to protect their students.
In cases where the school’s negligence opened the door for sexual abuse to occur, the victims and their families may have grounds for a lawsuit against the school district.
If you or your child is a survivor of sexual abuse by a school employee, you can learn more about your family’s legal options by contacting an experienced sex abuse victims attorney.
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