Teacher and Coach Charged with Sexual Abuse of Student Raises School Liability Issues


April 05, 2013

When Atlanta parents entrust their children to coaches, teachers and administrators in a school, we expect that these members of the school personnel have been properly screened and supervised to protect our kids from being sexually molested.

Unfortunately, almost daily news reports involving teachers, coaches and other school employees that violate the trust of parents and their kids show that acts of inappropriate sexual misconduct in an educational setting may be more prevalent than parents know.

The most recent incident involves a Cobb County teacher and coach who is alleged to have had an inappropriate sexual contact with a male student. The teacher and coach was charged with aggravated sexual assault. While the criminal justice system will adjudicate the guilt of the school employee, a criminal conviction may do little to alleviate the emotional harm caused by this type of exploitation by someone students presume that they can trust. Even parents who believe that they have placed their child in an elite school removed from this type of risk might want to pay attention to the outcome of this case because the school involved is a private Christian school in Powder Springs according to Paulding County Sheriff’s officials.

A civil lawsuit against those that commit sexual abuse and molestation of school kids in primary and secondary schools is sometimes the only way to obtain accountability and justice, as well as a financial recovery to obtain counseling and other compensation for a child’s injuries. We understand that these cases are complicated and require sensitivity so that the child molestation victim is protected from the sense of feeling victimized again by disclosure of the inappropriate conduct by the school teacher, administrator or staff. Our Georgia school liability attorneys handle these cases with compassion for our clients and their families as well as diligence in holding those responsible for victimizing kids accountable for their actions.

When sexual abuse occurs in a public or private school, the perpetrator typically is a person in a position of trust. Activities that constitute sexual abuse may include a broad scope of inappropriate behavior, such as fondling, oral copulation, forced sexual intercourse, sodomy, child molestation and even attempted rape. Those who may be liable for sexual exploitation of kids in a school include teachers, counselors, administrators, staff, school districts and others who fail to take adequate care to prevent or terminate the abuse of schoolchildren.

These incidents often involve credibility disputes between child victims and adult perpetrators. Corroborating evidence is one to overcome these issues, including such things as physical evidence, medical evidence, past incidents of similar abuse and mental health evidence. Our Atlanta sexual abuse injury attorneys at Montlick and Associates are available to provide effective legal representation to victims of sexual molestation and exploitation throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast

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For over 30 years, the experienced personal injury lawyers at Montlick & Associates have been helping families in Georgia and throughout the Southeast get the compensation and benefits they deserve. Montlick & Associates concentrates its practice in personal injury law, providing caring and high quality legal representation. In addition to its goal of being the best personal injury law firm in Georgia, Montlick & Associates is also dedicated to giving back to the community through the firm’s extensive public service programs.

The firm was recently honored by the Georgia House of Representatives for its 30 years of service, with the passing of House Resolution 394, recognizing Montlick & Associates for "the outstanding accomplishments of this distinguished firm," and “for providing efficient, effective and dedicated services to the citizens of Georgia.” The firm was also named the Most Patriotic Business of 2011 by the Association of the United States Army in Atlanta for its efforts to support the troops, and its CEO David R. Montlick received a Patriotism Award in 2012 for the Southeast. To learn more about the firm’s award-winning public service programs, please visit Montlick.com/CommunityService.

The Georgia sexual abuse lawyers at Montlick and Associates are available to provide effective legal representation to clients throughout Georgia, including rural areas in the state and across the Southeast. No matter where you are located, the attorneys at Montlick & Associates are just a phone call away, and will even come to you. Call 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit online at www.montlick.com and use the firm’s Free 24-hour Live Online Chat or Free Case Evaluation Form.

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