School administrators were aware of numerous red flags showing that the relationship between Ms. Ciotta and our client was becoming inappropriate.
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (PRWEB) May 07, 2018
A high school student who is an alleged victim of sexual abuse by an English teacher in Beaumont, California has filed a lawsuit against the Beaumont Unified School District. The student is named as “John Doe” in the lawsuit in order to protect his identity as a victim of childhood sexual abuse. The teacher, Samantha Lee Ciotta, is facing criminal charges related to her alleged sexual abuse of John Doe, which first came to light in September 2017.
The lawsuit alleges that Ms. Ciotta showered the student with attention and gifts, but then gave him alcohol and exploited him sexually. John Doe seeks to hold the school district liable, based on the allegation that school administrators were aware of numerous red flags showing that the relationship between Ms. Ciotta and our client was crossing acceptable boundaries. For example, the complaint alleges that John Doe was routinely excused from attending other classes and would spend most or all of the school day in Ms. Ciotta’s classroom, that Ms. Ciotta walked the boy to his other classes and drove him to and from school and that Ms. Ciotta appeared, uninvited, as John Doe’s “advocate” at Individualized Education Program (“IEP”) meetings. The complaint further alleges that the boy’s guardian and at least one other teacher reported concerns to school administrators, but that nothing was done.
Case Name: Doe v. Beaumont Unified School District
Case No: RIC1807772
Filed: April 30, 2018
Court: Superior Court of the State of California for the County of Riverside
Link to Complaint
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