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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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Coach Chioke Robinson

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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Chioke Robinson

Childhood sexual abuse lawsuit filed against Los Gatos-Saratoga Union High school district

“My innocence was abruptly taken” – former Los Gatos High School track star The first year of high school is always exciting, a sign that you’re almost a grown up who will soon be forging your own path in life. That’s how sexual assault survivor “Jane Doe” felt when she joined the Los Gatos High School Girls’ Track team in 1998: the world was her oyster and her future was bright. Today, Jane is anonymously suing the Los Gatos-Saratoga Union High School District and two track coaches for the sexual abuse she endured for more than three years. Her abuser was LGHS track coach Chioke Robinson who, Jane says, was enabled by the high school’s head track coach Willie Harmatz. Robinson was hired for the…

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Valley Christian coach Greg Marshall

Sex abuse lawsuit filed against Valley Christian High School and prominent coach Greg Marshall

The lawsuit alleges that Valley Christian ignored Marshall’s predatory behavior towards female students, leading to the molestations of at least two female student-athletes. San Jose, CA – Jan. 5, 2021 – The law firm of Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard is announcing the filing of a sexual abuse lawsuit against Valley Christian High School (Santa Clara County Superior Court) and its former coach, Greg Marshall. The lawsuit alleges that Coach Marshall began sexually abusing girls on his varsity girls’ basketball team almost as soon as he was hired in the 2001-2002 school year. According to the lawsuit, Valley Christian ignored Marshall’s repeated grooming behavior, which included excessive on-on-one time with female students during school hours, especially during lunch, transporting them alone to and from school, and…

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Ariana Kukors Smith Settlement Against USA Swimming

The sexual abuse lawsuit brought forth by Olympian Ariana Kukors Smith has been resolved nearly two years after Mrs. Kukors Smith filed the action. The monetary settlement reached by USA Swimming’s insurance companies and Mrs. Kukors Smith will allow the 2012 Olympian to re-focus on the sport that she loves and to begin healing. “I am glad that we were able to come to a resolution to this difficult process. As I begin the next chapter of my life, I hope that these last two years, along with the efforts of so many others, will help to provide athletes with a safer environment in which to compete,” Mrs. Kukors Smith said. USA Swimming added the following: Throughout this process, Mrs. Kukors Smith has shown incredible strength…

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Burgos Tennis Foundation

United States Tennis Association named in sexual abuse lawsuit

Civil lawsuit filed on victim’s behalf by Robert Allard of Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard When “W.S.” met Coach Normandie Burgos he was just seven years old, a young boy who was good at tennis and wanted to get better. There’s no disputing that Burgos wanted W.S. to become a great tennis player – he repeatedly told W.S.’s parents that he was a “champion.” But as the years passed, W.S. grew up and Coach Burgos began to want more. He wanted a sexual plaything. W.S. is now 20 years old and is in counseling as a result of being abused. San Jose attorney Robert Allard recently filed a civil lawsuit on his behalf against the United States Tennis Association and its regional affiliate, USTA NorCal, for…

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Best Sexual Abuse Attorneys for Victims

Countless parents of sexually abused children continue to place their trust in the law firm of Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard due to a reputation of having the best San Jose attorneys when it comes time to holding institutions accountable for the lifelong harm caused by child molestation. In the last decade, our child molestation attorneys have represented well over 100 clients who as children were sexually abused. In nearly all of those cases, we helped sex abuse victims get financial compensation for the harm caused. Learn more about the attorneys who represent child sexual abuse victims: Robert Allard Lauren Cerri Mark Boskovich The impact of childhood sexual abuse is lifelong When a child is a molestation victim, it touches all aspects of their life. The effect…

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Protecting students from sexual abuse

Back to school sexual abuse safety tips

Record number of educators continue losing their teaching credential due to sex crime convictions, yet schools are not implementing proactive prevention training. With the month of August signaling the start of another school year, the San Jose law firm of Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard is urging parents and school officials to be aware of teachers who exhibit predatory “red flag” behavior, which almost always precedes the sexual abuse of a student. “Sexual predators signal their intent to sexually abuse a student by slowly crossing the boundaries established to protect students,” said former San Jose police sergeant and sex crimes detective Mike Leininger. “The reality is that predators are not caught abusing children, but they can be caught breaking rules and crossing boundaries if educators and…

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