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Former HS Athletes Sue Anaheim School District for Claims of Hiding Sex Assaults

February 08, 2019 - 9:21 am

(KNX 1070) -- Some former high school athletes in Anaheim are suing the district,  claiming teachers and administrators tried to hide the fact that students were being sexually assaulted.

Anaheim Unified has not returned our request for comment.

The lawsuit comes after a former water polo coach at Kennedy High School was convicted of sexually abusing students. Attorney Morgan Stewart says some victims reported the misconduct and the school did nothing about it. 

"When you have five administrators and staff that know about abuse and fail to report it despite a penal code that requires them to do so, that is a broken system," Stewart told KNX. 

He says the coach continued to sexually assault students for two years before he was caught by authorities, but the school didn’t make enough changes after that.

"Out of the five who knew, the district terminated two of those, the principal and the head coach, but they continue to allow the teacher and athletic directors to still work," Stewart says. 

He wants everybody who knew about the abuse and didn’t report it to be fired. The students also want the district to pay their therapy bills.