Suit alleges school district ignored teacher’s sexual abuse complaints

Suit alleges school district ignored teacher’s sexual abuse complaints

LOS ANGELES (CNS) — The mother of a girl who was 11 when she was allegedly sexually assaulted by a teacher in 2019-20 has filed a lawsuit on her daughter’s behalf against the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District.

The lawsuit was filed Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court against the district and teacher, Scott Waln, alleging unlawful sexual acts with a minor, negligence, intentional infliction of emotional distress and code violations. state criminal, educational and civil.

The complaint seeks unspecified compensatory damages from both defendants as well as punitive damages against Waln.

A district representative could not immediately be reached for comment.

Waln, 60, was arrested in May and charged with one count of lewd acts on a child under 14, plus one count of forced lewd acts on a child under 14 years old.

The plaintiff was a student at Los Alisos Middle School in Norwalk. The lawsuit says a former principal and other “as yet unknown administrators, teachers and other employees” of the district knew or should have known that Waln was sexually abusing the plaintiff and other female students”, or had the propensity to do it .”

The complaint further alleges that district staff previously referred Waln to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for “sexually inappropriate conduct with students,” but still allowed him to be alone with students in his classroom during recess and other periods of non-instruction.

Despite direct complaints about Waln’s alleged abusive behavior at Los Alisos by the complainant and other girls, school staff ignored the complaints and did not report it to law enforcement, the lawsuit alleges. .

The plaintiff suffered “grievous and serious” physical and mental harm, according to the suit.

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