Trainer is charged with sexual abuse and college district settles allegations that it knew and did not anything.
Seattle Public Colleges (SPS) is ready to pay a former Ballard Top College pupil $3 million to settle sexual abuse allegations. Firstly scheduled to visit trial on June 20, the lawsuit had accused SPS assistant football trainer and educational assistant Meghan Miller, who had labored with particular wishes scholars prior to her arrest, of sexually abusing the feminine youngster on a weekly foundation starting in 2016 when she was once handiest 15. This abuse persevered for 2 years.
“She thinks it was once more or less 100 occasions or extra,” stated the plaintiff’s legal professional Steven Reich with Pfau Cochran Vertetis Amala PLLC. “It was once going down on a weekly foundation, once in a while on campus, once in a while off campus.”
The teenager stated in court docket paperwork she was once “suffering with social and emotional demanding situations and Miller used those problems to broaden a friendship along with her. Over the following two years, Miller changed into a central determine within the woman’s existence, letting her vent her frustrations about her oldsters, strolling her to magnificence, visiting along with her prior to and after magnificence and exchanging social media direct messages. The 2 exchanged messages, which have been regularly sexual in nature, nearly day-to-day.”
Miller was once in the end charged with kid molestation and sexual misconduct with a minor. She was once convicted of each crimes and is now a registered intercourse perpetrator.
Senior deputy prosecutor Emily Petersen wrote on the time of Miller’s conviction, “The defendant cultivated a courting with the kid, incomes no longer handiest her accept as true with however the accept as true with of the sufferer’s circle of relatives. As soon as the connection between the defendant and sufferer was once established, the defendant then started to sexually abuse the sufferer. The defendant advised the sufferer to not inform any person concerning the abuse, thereby making a scenario the place it might proceed for an important time period.”
In December 2020, the scholar therefore filed her swimsuit towards the district claiming it was once responsible for permitting Miller to paintings with scholars although she was once a threat to them and that SPS had failed to give protection to her from being assaulted. The scholar’s legal professional was once in a position to discover proof appearing SPS knew about earlier irrelevant conduct that had passed off prior to Miller was once introduced a role at Ballard in 2010.
Court docket paperwork display Miller was once employed in 2007 by way of SPS at Roosevelt Top College the place she served as an assistant ladies’ football trainer and basketball trainer. She was once hired there for 2 years however was once terminated in 2009 after her “supervisors seen a development of predatory conduct with scholars.”
Beverly Redmond, assistant superintendent of Public Affairs at Seattle Public Colleges, issued a observation after the agreement, announcing, “SPS contacted legislation enforcement in October 2018, once we realized that Ms. Miller was once speculated to be having irrelevant sexual touch with a pupil. Ms. Miller was once therefore charged and convicted of her crimes. After this lawsuit was once filed, SPS participated in excellent religion in different mediations to succeed in a mutually agreeable monetary answer with the plaintiff. SPS paid roughly $77,000 of the agreement and the Washington Colleges Chance Control Pool paid $2,923,000. SPS Human Assets has now carried out a central assessment procedure when hiring with all positions as an extra safeguard towards using people with a questionable employment historical past.”