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Sonoma Academy Investigation

Investigating Sonoma Academy sexual abuse allegations

Nearly two decades of sexual misconduct allegations at Sonoma Academy are being investigated by the law firm of Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard. The allegations are part of a 49-page investigation report sent to students, parents, and faculty by an outside law firm.

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Amended sexual abuse lawsuit filed against Los Gatos Union School District

A horrific story of sexual abuse is detailed in an amended lawsuit against the Los Gatos Union School District and former fifth grade teacher Joseph Brian Houg.

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Sexual abuse survivor Stevie Gould empowered by suing USTA

Sexual abuse survivor Stevie Gould says suing the US Tennis Association was an ‘empowering’ experience. Stevie is largely responsible for putting Normandie Burgos, a once well-respected Northern California tennis coach, in prison. Stevie secretly recorded the tennis coach admitting to having sex with a child and turned the recording over to police. Then, Stevie went one step further and filed a civil lawsuit against the United State Tennis Association for allowing Burgos to continue coaching long after the allegations of abuse first surfaced in 2001.

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Sexual abuse lawsuit filed against Piedmont Hills High School

Another victim of former Piedmont Hills High School track coach Chioke Robinson is coming forward with her story of sexual abuse. Her lawsuit states that the abuse escalated from inappropriate massages to sexual intercourse. Robinson used his position of trust and authority as a coach to groom and sexual abuse the young students according to the complaint.

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Sexual abuse lawsuit filed against Los Gatos Union School District

The Los Gatos Union School District and a former fifth grade teacher, Joseph Brian Houg, are being sued by the parents of a 10-year-old child who was sexually abused by Houg. Houg is a former Blossom Hill Elementary School teacher who pleaded no contest to 10 felony counts of child molestation and three misdemeanor counts of annoying and molesting a child.

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Protecting students from sexual abuse

Substitute teacher shortage opens the door for predators

As children return to school from distance learning, California continues to deal with teacher and substitute teacher shortages. The problem has the potential to open the door for pedophiles. It’s no secret that predators gravitate to environments where there are children. They choose schools over nursing homes. According to Professor Charol Shakeshaft, an internationally recognized researcher, nearly 1 out of every ten kids are victims of educator sexual misconduct. Sexual misconduct ranges from inappropriate conduct to criminal sexual behavior. Substitute teachers account for 13% of the problem. How we got here Compared to years past, more older teachers are choosing early retirement, and not all teachers are agreeing to return for the 2021-2022 school year. The result is that there is a greater demand for teachers…

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USA Swimming hit by another sexual abuse lawsuit

New lawsuit by Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard alleges USA Swimming’s quest for profit allowed serial sexual predator Andy King to abuse young East Bay swimmer Yet another swimmer has come forward alleging disgraced coach Andy King sexually abused her after he was first exposed as a pedophile. The allegations are contained in a new lawsuit filed by the law firm of Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard that says King used his position of authority “to manipulate and sexually assault over a dozen female swimmers over a 30-year period,” including “A.H.” A.H. is the anonymous plaintiff in the new case that was filed in Alameda County Superior Court (case #HG21112559). In addition to USA Swimming, affiliates Pacific Swimming and San Ramon Valley Aquatics are defendants in the…

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Piedmont Hills Chioke Robinson Lawsuit

Sexual abuse lawsuit targets East Side Union High School District A new lawsuit filed in Santa Clara County Superior Court alleges that former Piedmont Hills High School track coach Chioke Robinson repeatedly sexually abused a young female student both on and off school grounds. The civil suit was filed on behalf of “Jane Doe,” who chooses to remain anonymous, by San Jose-based Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard. Jane ran track at Piedmont Hills High School in San Jose, which is part of the East Side Union High School District. She says her track coach, Chioke Robinson, began sexually grooming her in 2009, when she was a 15-year-old sophomore, by hugging her, spending time alone with her during the off-season, buying her lunch and driving her places.…

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Settlement reached in sexual abuse cases against New Haven Unified School District

District pays $2.25 million to three girls sexually abused by teacher. The New Haven Unified School District has agreed to pay $2.25 million to three young girls who were sexually abused by their third-grade teacher, Michael William Howey, when they were eight years old. Two of the girls, who were represented by the San Jose law firm of Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard, will share equally in the settlement with the third girl, who was represented by another law firm. The first complaint about Howey’s inappropriate behavior came during the 2002-2003 school year when he was teaching at Cesar Chavez Middle School but school officials ignored it. “They didn’t believe the girl’s story that Howey kept grabbing her thigh and sexually harassing her, so they didn’t…

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