The suit, filed in United States district court, alleges rape, sexual battery, battery, assault, false imprisonment, intentional infliction of emotional distress, gross negligence and reckless acts, violation of Title IX, failure to report abuse, loss of consortium, liability of parents for assaults by minor children and violation of due process. The lawsuit asks for at least $975,000 in damages for a dozen causes of action and a claim for relief.
Police reports indicate the teacher talked to the girl after the incident and actually drove her home, but that the teacher did not go straight to police. The teacher later told police that the girl told her “something bad happened to me” and that the boys forced her to have sex with them.
The teacher also said she attempted to contact Trotwood-Madison High School’s principal that evening — leaving two messages — but that the principal did not immediately return the calls.
When asked by police why she didn’t call them, the teacher responded that teachers have been instructed that they are to notify administrators who in turn would contact police. The teacher told the principal about the allegations the morning of Nov. 17, 2011. “That’s blatantly contradictory to the law,” Boucher said.
The lawsuit points to Ohio Revised Code 2151.421, which compels those in an official capacity to immediately report the incident to “public children services agency or a municipal or county peace officer in the county in which the child resides or in which the abuse or neglect is occurring or has occurred.”
The lawsuit also said the teacher did not inform the girl’s parents of the incident, that the boys were removed from one extracurricular activity but not from the football team, that the girl was suspended from school for three days and that the girl was subjected to harassment, embarrassment, bullying and ridicule by classmates for weeks following the incident. The girl’s attorneys said the girl ultimately changed schools.
Several supplemental police records show other students told them that the girl said she was forced and pressured into the sexual activity, that she told them she did say, “No” at first. Later, the girl told police said she was raped. On Jan. 6, 2012, the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office informed Trotwood police that it would not be accepting charges “due to lack of evidence.”
Attorney Beverly Meyer, who is representing the Trotwood-Madison city school district, the superintendent and the principal, had no comment on the case. Bernard Wharton, the teacher’s attorney, also declined comment. No attorneys of record have been named for the parents of the boys. The defendants have 60 days from being notified about the case to answer. None have filed answers yet.