York City Police Arrest Teacher’s Aide For Sexual Assault of Student
Police in York City have arrested a city school district Life Skills teacher’s aide for allegedly sexually assaulting a 13-year-old student from Ferguson Elementary School. According to police reports, the victim was interviewed at the York County Child Advocacy Center on December 3 while a detective was present. The girl told the forensic child abuse interviewer that the aide, 36-year-old Jean Pierre Larue, had engaged in oral and vaginal sex with her at his home in the 1400 block of West Market Street.
Detective Kyle Hower interviewed Larue at police headquarters the same day. According to Hower, Larue admitted to sending sexual text messages to the girl asking her if he could perform oral sex on her. He also admitted to being alone with the girl several times and touching her genitalia.
The alleged sexual assaults happened between September 1 and December 1 of this year. Larue is currently in York County Prison in lieu of $200,000 bail. He has been charged with the following offenses:
- Statutory sexual assault, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse on a person under age 16, and unlawful contact with a minor – all first-degree felonies.
- Aggravated indecent assault on a person under 16, a second-degree felony.
- Sexual contact with a student and corruption of a minor, both third-degree felonies.
- Indecent assault on a person under 16, a second-degree misdemeanor.
Larue is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on December 19.
Legal Options For Victims of Sexual Abuse by School Employees
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com has a long track record of representing sexual assault victims and their families – first as a criminal prosecutor and now as a civil crime victim attorney. We’ve asked him to discuss the legal options available to those who have been sexually abused by teachers, coaches, and other school employees:
Many sexual predators choose victims who are close to them. In cases of child sexual abuse, we regularly see perpetrators in positions of trust and authority, such as teachers, coaches, religious leaders, etc. These predators exploit their positions of trust to commit traumatizing crimes of sexual abuse. In some cases, third parties like school districts and employers are also partially negligent for failing to prevent the abuse.
A school district can be considered negligent for sexual abuse in many ways. Some examples include:
- Failure to run a background check before hiring a new employee with a history of sexual misconduct
- Failure to report complaints of sexual misconduct to law enforcement
- Inadequate training or supervision of employees
In cases of school child sexual abuse involving negligence, the victims and their families may have grounds for a lawsuit. If your family is in this tragic and difficult situation, you can learn more about your legal options by speaking to an experienced sexual abuse survivors lawyer.