Central New York (CNY) School Bus Driver Charged After Allegedly Touching Three Students
SHELBURNE, NEW YORK (January 5, 2022) – A CNY school bus driver has been charged following an investigation after he allegedly inappropriately touched three students.
School officials are saying that the students were 14, 15, and 16 years old. The 61-year-old school bus driver was arrested on Thursday and arraigned.
The three students were issued protective orders against the bus driver.
Liability In Chenango County Sexual Assaults
Sexual assaults in the school setting are far more common than many people may realize. According to one report by Politico, “Schools reported nearly 15,000 total incidents of sexual violence in the 2017-18 school year, a 55-percent increase from the 2015-16 school year.” Sadly, many instances of sexual assault or sexual harassment go unreported. Sexual harassments or sexual assault can come in many different forms:
- Attempted rape
- Unwanted touching or sexual contact
- Solicitation of minors
- Unwanted sexual advances
School officials have a legal obligation to keep students safe. This includes taking measures to protect students from sexual assault. As explained in Mirand v City of New York, “Schools are under a duty to adequately supervise the students in their charge and they will be held liable for foreseeable injuries proximately related to the absence of adequate supervision.” When a school district fails to take measures to adequately protect students, it could be liable through a civil claim. There are a number of steps that school district can take to protect children from sexual abuse:
- School officials should be trained to look for signs of sexual abuse in kids.
- School officials should properly monitor all faculty.
- School districts must properly vet prospective employees.
The family of any child that was abused by a school official may be able to seek some measure of justice through a civil claim. Sexual assaults are no small matter. They can profoundly impact the psychological health and development of children. Victims of sexual assaults are more prone to PTSD, anxiety, and suicidal ideations. A New York sexual abuse attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A Chenango County Sexual Assaults
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our best wishes to the family and children who have been affected by this horrific crime. There needs to be a thorough investigation into how this took place and whether or not it could have been prevented. It is our sincere hope that steps are taken to prevent similar incidents.
Have you or someone that you care about been the victim of sexual abuse by a school employee? There are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We care deeply that victims receive justice and that school districts are held to account for their actions. Whether you just have legal questions or need a free, independent investigation into a particular incident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at 800-529-9997.