Posted: Mar 23, 2010 1:56 PM by Jim Hummel
Updated: Mar 23, 2010 1:56 PM
Ascension Episcopal School has been served with a lawsuit concerning a sex scandal between a former faculty-member and a student. The female employee resigned and is no longer employeed at the school, the student she's accused of having sex with is a 14 year old girl.
According to court documents, it all started in the Spring of 2009, when the then 8th grader was caught with cigarettes on campus. As a condition to move on to the 9th grade the following year, the student was required to seek counseling with a female faculty member at the school.
"My client was put into counseling with her and in the process of counseling she abused the position and authority and trust and ended up convincing her to have a sexual relationship with her," said the girl's attorney, Tony Fontana.
Fontana says that sexual relationship lasted until last month, when the girl's parents discovered a concerning e-mail.
"A sexually-toned e-mail, that the daughter had wrote to the counselor and the counselor [wrote] back, responding that 'I love you,'" Fontana said.
School officials are aware of the lawsuit and held an assembly earlier in the week to brief students and their families. Headmaster Pat Dickens released a statement reading, in part:
"The leadership of the school takes it's responsibilities for the safety and welfare of it's students very seriously. We are very concerned about the allegations made in the suit. We are fully engaged in the issue and investigating these allegations."
Complaints have been filed with state and federal officials, but so far no charges have been filed. The young girl at the center of this is undergoing treatment and is not being allowed to speak to investigators.