Trial Begins for St. Joseph’s Catholic School Teacher Accused of Abusing Students
The trial for former the former Williston St. Joseph’s Catholic School teacher accused of sexually abusing several students began on Tuesday, September 24. Everest Moore is accused of inappropriately touching eight St. Joseph’s students who were between 8 and 10 years old at the time of the alleged abuse.
Moore was arrested in March of 2018 on three felony counts of gross sexual imposition. Five additional charges were eventually added as investigators discovered more alleged victims.
Lawyers for the prosecution and defense both gave opening statements on Tuesday. North Dakota Assistant Attorney General Britta Demello Rice told the court that Moore “shattered” the trust of the student’s parents.
According to Rice, all of the girls Moore is accused of abusing will testify during the trial.
Testimony began with the father of one of the alleged victims. That man told the jury that in February 2018, his daughter told he and his wife that Moore made her feel uncomfortable. He went on to testify that he set up a meeting with The Rev. Russel Kovash – St. Joseph’s pastor and superintendent. Later that same day, he testified, his daughter told he and his wife more about the extent of the abuse.
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Legal Recourse for School Sex Abuse Victims and Their Families
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com is a former sex crimes prosecutor who now represents victims of sexual abuse in civil lawsuits. Brian has offered to share some knowledge on the legal rights of those who have been sexually abused by teachers and other school employees:
Education and other fields where adults work with children are at a high risk for abuse. Tragically, sexual predators often seek out work in these fields, where they seek to exploit their positions of trust and authority in order to commit terrible crimes against children. Our schools must stay aware of the dangers that predators pose to their students and do everything they can to keep their students safe.
When students come forward to report that they’ve been sexually abused by a teacher, it’s important both to investigate the accused teacher and to determine if the abuse could have been prevented. In many cases, cases of teachers sexually abusing students may have been prevented if not for negligence by the school.
In cases of sexual abuse involving negligence, the victims and their families may have grounds for a lawsuit against the school. If you or your child is a survivor of sexual abuse by a teacher, you can learn more about your legal rights by speaking with an experienced sex abuse survivors lawyer.
St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Williston, ND
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