A former Redlands, California excessive school pupil who claims he was abused by a teacher who was convicted on a number of counts of sex with students is suing the school district.
In keeping with The East Bay Instances, the previous Redlands High School pupil has filed a lawsuit alleging he was sexually abused by former teacher Laura Whitehurst in 2007, who has been convicted on a number of counts linked to her sex with students.
Attorneys have alleged that a number of lecturers and directors had been conscious of Whitehurst’s trysts with students however did not report it to police.
A earlier lawsuit resulted in a $6 million settlement paid out by Redlands.
The lawsuit, filed Friday, Jan. 29, in San Bernardino Superior Courtroom by the Irvine agency Manly, Stewart & Finaldi, alleges Whitehurst, a former English teacher and soccer coach, started having sex with the coed in 2007, when he was 14 years outdated.
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High school teacher Whitehurst admitted to police that she had sex with one pupil a minimum of 10 to 15 instances at her residence and within the classroom.
In keeping with the lawsuit, Whitehurst allegedly fostered a way of inviting male students — aged 14 to 18 — into her classroom, the place she would interact them in sexual discussions and finally have sex with them. She had a seven-year profession with the school district, instructing in any respect of Redlands’ excessive faculties for some time period previous to her arrest.
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“There’s a good cause why Redlands Unified School District is the nationwide poster baby for sexual abuse of students. Greater than 20 lecturers and directors in RUSD have been accused of inappropriate sexual habits with their students over the final ten years,” mentioned an announcement from legal professional Morgan Stewart.
“The district had complaints in opposition to her for six years. In the event that they had acted in 2007 and eliminated her from the classroom, she by no means would have injured our shoppers and different youngsters,” Stewart mentioned.
Whitehurst additionally dated students and had sex with them at her residence, in accordance with the lawsuit.
One other alleged sufferer of former Redlands High School teacher Laura Whitehurst sues district
High school teacher Whitehurst pleaded responsible to having sex with two students in 2013, after giving beginning to a toddler fathered by one of many teen boys.
The boy Whitehurst was convicted of molesting is a distinct individual than the plaintiff within the present civil case.
In keeping with earlier reporting from The Los Angeles Instances, the coed who fathered Whitehurst’s child was the recipient of the earlier $6 million settlement.
As a part of an settlement, Whitehurst pleaded responsible to a number of sex crime counts and was launched after six months. She is required to register as a sex offender and shares custody of the kid with the previous pupil, who is now in his 20s.
The previous pupil who fathered Whitehurst’s child mentioned the connection began in 2012 when he was 16 and lasted almost a 12 months.
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In keeping with The Day by day Mail in 2013, excessive school teacher Whitehurst had admitted to having sex with three students regardless of initially pleading not responsible to dozens of counts.
She finally agreed to plead responsible to 4 counts of illegal sex with a minor and two counts of oral copulation with a minor.
Previous to her arrest, Whitehurst had graduated from Redlands East Valley High School and taught English to sophomores at Citrus Valley.
The Redlands school district didn’t reply to requests for remark from native media on the most recent lawsuit.
‘The sufferer, now 20, instructed police that he and Whitehurst had sex in her classroom earlier than school, in addition to at her residence and in her automotive,’ a police information launch said.
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