If your son or daughter has been the victim of sexual abuse through a wrongful or illegal teacher-student relationship, we can help.
These relationships are wrongful and damaging. Both teachers and the employing school districts must be held fully accountable for their full share of legal liability.
If your son or daughter was involved in a relationship with a teacher, they have been hurt enough without having their name spread through the media. We will, to the extent possible, seek anonymity for your son or daughter in any actions that may be brought; however, this is not always possible, particularly in legal proceedings.
We take our direction from you. If you are the parent, you may or may not want to press charges for criminal prosecution. Your objectives may be to see the teacher terminated, or you may additionally seek full compensation for all damages that have been sustained.
We work on behalf of you and your son or daughter. We will meet with you for a free, no-obligation consultation so that we may learn about your case. At this time, once we understand the facts and circumstances of your case, we can advise how we can help, and the legal possibilities for your case. We are available to represent clients in inappropriate and sexual teacher-student sexual relationships in the Phoenix area (including Tempe, Mesa, Scottsdale, and Glendale) and throughout the State of Arizona.
Teacher sexual abuse seems to be rising. Firm Drive West Communications, a company operated by Terry Abbott (former Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of Education), reports receiving 15 new reports of sexual victimization on average every week. In Texas, the state with the most reported cases of alleged inappropriate teacher-student relationships, the number of investigations grew 27% between 2011 and 2014.
In an investigation, the Associated Press found that 2,570 educators had teaching credentials revoked, denied, surrendered, or sanctioned from 2001 through 2005 following allegations of sexual misconduct. Moreover, whereas in the past nearly all cases of sexual misconduct involved a male teacher, female teachers are now much more likely to be the sexual predator than in the past.
It’s not clear whether cell phones, the Internet, and social media (such as Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat) are directly responsible for the apparent increase in the number of inappropriate teacher-student relationships, but it clear that these forms of communication, which did not exist two decades ago, are now often being used by abusers.
Teachers have a special, trusted, and authoritative role in our society. In addition to their role as educators, many teachers are often seen by students as much like a second parent, probably more so by students coming from broken homes where a teacher pays special attention to them.
This unique role gives teachers power over students – including, in some cases, the power to engage in wrongful sexual relationships.
Sexual relationships between teachers and students in high school or middle school are wrong. If sex is involved, in Arizona such sex is considered statutory rape if the victim is under 18 and the teacher is over 19, even if the sex is consensual.
Wrongful teacher-student relationships consist of conduct that crosses the line in terms of a teacher’s normal professional responsibilities. Conduct that should raise serious concerns usually includes:
If your son or daughter was involved in a sexual relationship with a teacher while in high school or younger, you should immediately contact the police, particularly if a sexual encounter has just taken place. You should also seek to preserve all evidence, such as text messages, e-mails, and personal notes.
We can identify for you other legal options that may be available. We offer a free initial consultation, and there are no fees for our services unless you recover compensation.
 More teachers are having sex with their students. Here’s how schools can stop them. http://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2015/01/20/more-teachers-are-having-sex-with-their-students-heres-how-schools-can-stop-them/
 AP: 2,500 teachers punished in 5 years for sexual misconduct, http://www.komonews.com/news/content/10690766.html.
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