February 20, 2019 - A lawsuit has been filed against the William S. Hart Union High School District in Santa Clarita, California, and a former Canyon High School basketball coach who is being accused of multiple counts of sexual abuse.
The suit was filed on behalf of a former student who was a minor when the alleged abuse took place, according to Hometown Station KHTS. Former coach Jeremy Haggerty was arrested on multiple counts of sexual abuse in Sept. 2018, and pleaded not guilty to the charges.
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Plaintiff claims the abuse began his freshman year at Canyon High in 2009-2010, and continued well into his sophomore year at least. Haggerty, a trainer and coach on both the freshman and varsity boys basketball teams, used a hip injury suffered by the plaintiff during his freshman season as his excuse to probe and fondle the boy inappropriately. These private “therapy” sessions went on far longer than needed,and became increasingly physical and sexual in nature.
While the school district did have a specific protocol in place for handling cases of sexual abuse, Plaintiff’s case got overlooked and the abuse was allowed to continue, the complaint states.
“District employees shall report known or suspected incidences of child abuse in accordance with district regulations and state law,” the policy states. “Employees shall fully cooperate with the child protective agencies responsible for reporting, investigating and prosecuting cases of child abuse.”
“Virtually all school employees” of the Hart District are mandated reporters, meaning they are required to report any child abuse, the policy said.
In addition to Haggerty and the Hart District, the lawsuit lists 60 other defendants identified only as “John Does,” about half of whom were “employees and agents” of the Hart District which had the responsibility of supervising children.
The other 30 defendants include individuals, businesses, corporations and other entities who had a “legal duty of care” to the victim of the abuse, the complaint states.
Hart School District declined comment on the charges, saying “We do not comment on pending litigation.”
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