Two women claim $ 15 MILLION claims against the school district after being & # 39; sexually abused by a science teacher & # 39;
Two women have filed a $ 15 million lawsuit against a California school district in which they are accused of allowing sexual abuse by a former school teacher.
The women whose names were withheld say they were sexually abused several times by Dan Witters, a science teacher at the Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School in 1996.
Witters was given administrative leave after the allegations were made and he committed suicide two days later, despite being never accused of the crimes.
Scene of abuse: the Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School, where science teacher Dan Witters reportedly abused students in the 1990s
Both women accuse the Moraga School District of having received several complaints about inappropriate behavior by Witters, but chose to do little or nothing to stop it.
It was not until recently that they learned about the alleged behavior of the school through a local news investigation that triggered their lawsuit.
Retired Moraga between school principal Bill Walters, retired assistant director Paul Simonin and retired superintendent John Cooley are district workers who are accused by the women of assistance with the abuse.
& # 39; District administrators, officials, and employees chose to protect their own jobs and reputation rather than protecting young girls from a predator & # 39 ;, says Contra Costa Times.
Litigation: Kristen Cunnane filed similar claims against the Moraga School District this year and said the & # 39; lax environment & # 39; of the school allowed the abuse
& # 39; After Witters committed suicide, the Moraga School District undertook a campaign to hide and hide its knowledge regarding previous complaints against Witters. & # 39;
The lawsuit is not the first to be filed against the school accusing them and the teacher of sexual abuse.
Kristen Cunnane, now 30, was the first to bring a lawsuit that claimed abuse by Witters.
Former swimming coach Cunnane said that & # 39; a lax environment & # 39; provided by the school allowed the harmful environment.
Cunnane's claim was denied in August with its lawsuit for unspecified compensation filed in September.
& # 39; We are not talking about a tap on the butt or a rub on the shoulder, & # 39; David Ring told the newspaper. & # 39; We are talking about extremely serious sexual abuse.
& # 39; Their response … varied from shock to dismay to anger. They couldn't believe it. Their mentality has always been, Witters did this to us … and tried to deal with that issue.
& # 39; So when they found out what other complaints the ward received, it was a huge setback for them to realize that it should never have happened because the man should not have been teaching at school.
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