Two women are filing $ 15 million in claims against the California school district after sexual abuse
Two women file $ 15 MILLION claims against school district after “sexually abused by science teacher”
Two women have both filed a $ 15 million lawsuit against a school district in California that accused them of allowing sexual abuse by a former school teacher.
The women, whose names were withheld, say they have been sexually abused multiple times by Dan Witters, a science teacher at the Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School in 1996.
Witters was given administrative leave after the accusations were made and he committed suicide two days later, despite having never been charged with the crimes.
Scene of abuse: the Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School, where science teacher Dan Witters reportedly abused students in the 1990s
Both women now accuse the Moraga School District of multiple complaints of inappropriate behavior by Witters, but chose to do little or nothing to stop it.
Only recently did they discover the alleged behavior of the school through a local news investigation, which led to their lawsuit.
Retired Moraga primary school Bill Walters, retired assistant director Paul Simonin and retired chief inspector John Cooley are the district’s employees accused by the women of assisting in the abuse.
“District administrators, officials, and employees chose to protect their own jobs and reputations rather than protect young girls from predators,” Contra Costa Times claims.
Litigation: Kristen Cunnane has filed similar claims against the Moraga School District this year and said the school’s “lax environment” allowed the abuse
“After Witters committed suicide, the Moraga School District undertook a campaign to hide and hide her knowledge of past complaints against Witters.”
The lawsuit is not the first to be filed against the school that accuses them and the teacher of sexual abuse.
Kristen Cunnane, now 30, was the first to file a lawsuit for abuse by Witters.
Former swimming coach Cunnane said that “a lax environment” of the school allowed the harmful environment.
Mrs Cunnane’s claim was rejected in August with her lawsuit in which she claimed unspecified compensation in September.
“We are not talking about a tap on the butt or a friction on the shoulder,” the woman’s lawyer David Ring told the newspaper. “We are talking about extremely serious sexual abuse.
“Their response varied from shock to dismay to anger. They couldn’t believe it. Their way of thinking has always been that Witters has done this to us … and tried to tackle that problem.
“So when they discovered all the other complaints the district received, it was a huge disappointment to them because they realized it should never have happened to them because the man should not have been teaching at the school.”