A student who fathered a child with an ex-Redlands schoolteacher convicted of having sex with him and two other students has sued the school district, alleging educators were negligent and complicit in his sexual battery.
In the lawsuit filed Wednesday, attorneys for the student allege that school officials knew of prior issues with Laura Whitehurst and had failed to warn his family. The suit also alleges that a teaching colleague of Whitehurst’s and fellow soccer coach were aware of her relationship with the student and that school officials even questioned the pair when she became pregnant.
“School staff knew Whitehurst was in a sexual relationship with the boy and they had a duty to help to protect kids,” said attorney Vince Finaldi, one of his lawyers.
Whitehurst, 29, was arrested last July and charged with 41 felony counts. Facing up to 29 years in prison, she pleaded guilty to four counts of unlawful sexual intercourse and two counts of oral copulation of a person under 18 involving three boys while teaching at Citrus Valley and Redlands high schools. She was sentenced to a year in jail but was released after six months.
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