Southern Maryland Chronicle has reported that multiple sexual offenses have been brought against a coach at Westlake High School located at 3300 Middletown Rd, Waldorf, MD 20603.
In March 2022, a Westlake High School administrator noticed what appeared to be inappropriate contact between 27-year-old Daylin Roy Davis and a student. Davis, a teacher's aide at the high school, is also the coach of the freshman basketball and cross-country teams at North Point High School located at 2500 Davis Rd, Waldorf, MD 20603.
Police identified an additional victim after their investigation began. The abuse was said to have occurred at the school from September 2021 to March 2022. Their investigation also revealed an incident with a female minor that took place in 2017 in another state.
Davis was arrested on March 23, 2022, and charged with two counts of sexual solicitation of a minor, third-degree sex offense, fourth-degree sex offense, and second-degree assault. He is being held without bail.
Aaron Blank, a Legal Herald attorney contributor, helps sex assault victims and their families get justice. Aaron recently shared some information about the legal possibilities open to these victims and their families, including whether they can sue for being sexually abused by a coach or teacher.
"Schools are required by law to have adequate security measures in places, such as security cameras, frequent background checks, and a simple reporting system. These safeguards are essential for lowering the risk of sexual assault and other sexual offenses. In fact, preventative measures should be a high priority in high schools and other educational institutions. A school or the school district could be held liable if they neglect to provide proper protection."
"When a teacher or coach is arrested on allegations of sexual abuse against a student, the teacher, and the school should be investigated. It's important to determine if the abuse took place due to the school's negligence. A school or district may be deemed negligent if the teacher or coach had previous incidences of inappropriate behavior that the school failed to investigate or disclose to law enforcement. When school negligence is a component, the victim and their family may have grounds to file a lawsuit. They are urged to get legal advice from an experienced high school sexual assault lawyer. The lawyer will understand the state's statute of limitations as well as any exemptions that may impact the victim's ability to file a lawsuit."