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Lawsuit claims Mt. Diablo school district enabled abuse of autistic teen

Lawsuit claims Mt. Diablo school district enabled abuse of autistic teen

In a lawsuit filed last week by Jeff Herman, a nationally recognized attorney for victims of sexual abuse, the family of an autistic student claims the teen’s special education teacher at Mt. Diablo High School sexually assaulted him on the Concord, California campus, and district officials ignored earlier warnings that the teacher “posed a risk of sexual abuse to students.”

The lawsuit lists the Mt. Diablo Unified School District as a defendant, and says the 16-year-old student was abused at the hands of Kevin Johnson, a male teacher during the 2011-12 school year.

According to the Contra Costa Times, district officials did not respond to a call for comment, and administrators at the high school would only say that the teacher no longer works there.

According to the complaint, the teacher sexually assaulted the mentally disabled teen, identified as John Doe, on at least 10 occasions and showed him pornography.

The suit claims the high school’s principal and vice principal were aware of reports the teacher had engaged in sexual misconduct with students before the alleged abuse of the autistic student. The vice principal and principal no longer work at Mt. Diablo High School, the Contra Costa Times reported.

“The complaint alleges that Mt. Diablo school officials failed to protect the students from a known danger,” the boy’s attorney, Jeff Herman, stated.

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