LAUSD Sued by Girl for Alleged Sex Abuse by Teacher and Inaction by School

Orchard Academies in the city of Bell is seen in a Google Maps Street View image on May 29, 2019.

Orchard Academies in the city of Bell is seen in a Google Maps Street View image on May 29, 2019.

A lawsuit filed against the Los Angeles Unified School District on behalf of a 14-year-old alleges molestation by an elementary school teacher in the city of Bell.

The suit, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court by the guardian of the plaintiff known as Jane V.L. Doe, said Jane Doe’s teacher touched the girl inappropriately when she was between the ages of 11 and 12. The suit, which also alleges negligence, sexual harassment, sexual assault and sexual battery, is being brought against Hector Rodriguez, the teacher, and David Manzo, the principal of Orchard Academies.

The suit said between October 2016 and May 2017, Rodriguez “groomed, sexually molested, abused and harassed plaintiff.” It also alleges the teacher touched Jane Doe’s chest with his bare skin and would often “have erections in the classroom” in front of Jane Doe and other students.

According to the suit, Jane Doe suffered physical, emotional and psychological damage from Rodriguez’s actions and the inaction by Manzo and the school.

Read the full story on LATimes.com.

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