An attorney for an 18-year-old woman alleging her former high school teacher sexually abused her has filed complaints against two school districts, one where the alleged crimes occurred, the other where the woman went on to become an assistant principal.
Brianna claims that four years ago, her former teacher made sexual advances, inappropriately touched her, and sexually abused her after “grooming” her by calling her special and giving her movie tickets, candy bars and lunch trips.
Her alleged abuser is the same woman identified by another alleged victim in a YouTube video earlier this week. NBC4 is withholding the alleged abuser’s name because she has not been arrested or charged with a crime. She could not be reached for comment.
“This should have never happened,” said Brianna, who asked to be identified only by her first name. “I don’t wish this on anybody ... There was lots of manipulation.”
Her attorney, Luis Carrillo, filed claims against the Val Verde and Riverside school districts where the first victim was allegedly first abused in 1998.
Police are investigating Brianna’s claims and those of the second woman, Jamie, 28, who went public when she confronted her alleged abuser in a YouTube video.
Officials with both districts said they received the complaints, but declined to comment, citing a policy against commenting about pending litigation.
“They’re supposed to protect their students, not physically harm them and mentally harm them,” said Brianna, who is expected to talk with Riverside County Sheriff’s investigators on Friday.
Carrillo said district officials ignored the abuse that started in Riverside Unified in 1998 and that the woman was given a positive recommendation before she got a new job the Val Verde Unified School District, where “she committed other acts,” Carrillo said.
Carrillo said he and his client want to spark a change in state law that would call for school districts to maintain files of all complaints of inappropriate behavior by teachers or school staff for 20 years.
Brianna came forward after the Jamie's claims against the same woman came out in news reports on Tuesday.
“It was like a trigger, like a flashback,” Carrillo said.