A woman who coached freshman girls’ volleyball and basketball at Washington High School has been charged with sexually assaulting an underage student from the school.
23-year-old Hayley Reneau was arrested on Monday, August 5 and charged with a class 1 felony. According to a press release from the Washington Police Department, “The charge alleges that Reneau held a position of trust, authority, or supervision in relation to the victim, and the victim is at least 13 years of age but under 18 years of age.”
The release goes on to state that no further information will be released because of the victim’s age and the fact that the investigation is ongoing.
Reneau was brought to Tazewell County Jail following her arrest.
Washington High School also issued a press release, which states that the charges were related to an inappropriate relationship with a Washington High School student.
According to the high school, Reneau resigned on July 29th. The school also says that they notified the Department of Children and Family Services and that the student’s family was contacted.
Attorney contributor Brian Kent represents victims of sexual abuse in civil lawsuits for those looking for a basketball sexual abuse lawyer. Brian has offered to share a few thoughts regarding the legal rights of school sex abuse victims and their families:
Schools have a critical legal duty to protect their students from sexual predators. However, far too many schools fail to have adequate protections in place. Cases of teachers, coaches, and other school employees sexually abusing students regularly make headlines throughout the country.
When a student comes forward to disclose sexual abuse by a school employee, there are many difficult concerns that need to be addressed. The accused must be investigated and prosecuted, the victims must get the support they need, and the school must also be investigated to determine if the abuse only occurred due to negligence.
For example, a school might be deemed negligent in a case of sexual abuse if there had been previous complaints of sexual misconduct involving the employee, but no action was taken to address these complaints.
In cases of negligence, victims of sexual abuse by school staff members may have grounds for a lawsuit against the school district.
If you or a loved one has been sexually abused by a coach, teacher, or another school staff member, you can learn more about your family’s legal rights by speaking with an experienced sex abuse victims lawyer.