According to NBC Washington, an employee has been accused of sexual assault while employed at Jenkins Elementary School located at 4060 Prince William Pkwy, Woodbridge, VA 22192.
On April 15, 2022, 33-year-old Jonathan George Skocik was arrested. Three students from the elementary school where he works reported to a teacher that he had inappropriately touched them inside his office between March and April. The abuse was reported to the school administrator, and after an investigation by authorities, a fourth student came forward with similar accusations.
Skocik is known for having many students in his office during the day. Some come to work on the computer or tablet, but others enjoy playing video games. Police and school administration are concerned that there may be additional victims due to his access to the children. He has been placed on administrative leave and faces four counts of aggravated sexual assault and four counts of indecent liberties by a custodian.
Attorney contributor Kevin Biniazan is an experienced sexual assault lawyer who represents victims and their families in civil lawsuits. Below, Kevin provided information regarding the legal options available for victims sexually abused by an elementary school employee.
"In order to sexually exploit their victims, sexual predators often seek positions of power and trust, such as positions within elementary schools. Teachers, coaches, and even school aids are awarded respect and trust from both parents and vulnerable students. Schools must ensure that their staff members have been thoroughly vetted in order to protect their kids and those who trust them. The school district and administration should take all reasonable steps to minimize and prevent sexual abuse from occurring on the campus. They may do so by implementing security measures such as video surveillance cameras and patrolling security agents on the school campus. In addition, schools must do extensive background checks to prevent predators from being hired in the first place. If a school fails to enforce a safety plan, they can be held liable."
"If a school employee is arrested or accused of sexually abusing a child, it's critical to investigate the school's safety procedures. If past misconduct allegations were reported yet ignored, the school district could be deemed negligent for allowing abuse to continue. Victims sexually assaulted by a school employee should consult with an experienced sexual assault attorney to fully explore their legal options."