LIBERTY TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WKBN) – A $2.25 million lawsuit was filed October 1 in federal court by the Warren father of a student who says his daughter was sexually assaulted at Guy Junior High School.
The lawsuit alleges that the girl was lured into a second-floor bathroom in November 2021 by a student she knows, locked inside and sexually assaulted.
The victim said she alerted school officials to the assault in December. Her father said that no action was taken against the male student and no counseling was offered to his daughter.
In addition, the victim’s father alleges that the school erased a video surveillance recording showing his daughter attempting to leave the bathroom but being pulled back in by the suspect and that the lock on the bathroom door was not working properly, which allowed his daughter to be locked inside.
The lawsuit maintains that the allegations are in violation of Title IX as part of the 1972 Education Act Amendments.
The victim’s father is asking for no less than $1.5 million in compensatory damages and no less than $750,000 in punitive damages.
A summons was filed on Liberty schools Monday.
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Liberty Superintendent Dr. Andrew Tommelleo released the following statement on Thursday:
“We believe the evidence shows that statements contained within the lawsuit, regarding Liberty Local Schools’ investigation into the matter, are not true. When our district was made aware of the sexual assault allegations, we immediately performed a thorough investigation in cooperation with the Liberty Township Police Department. We are confident that as this process moves through the courts the district will have been found to have acted swiftly and appropriately in this case.”
Liberty police are investigating.