ELK GROVE, Calif. – March 13, 2019 – Earlier today, a jury ruled in a civil matter surrounding the 2016 actions of a former Prairie Elementary School employee, who plead guilty to lewd acts with a minor. When the District learned of the allegations against the employee, they acted immediately to remove him from the school site and to work with law enforcement during their investigation and trial. The civil matter concluded with a decision for the District to pay a total of $1,135,000 to be divided among the three plaintiffs.
The following is a statement on the verdict by EGUSD Superintendent Christopher R. Hoffman:
Our consistent focus in this case has been on the young women and families hurt by the actions of this individual. We want to ensure they have the support they need to heal and thrive. While we are confident that as a school district we did everything we could in this case to prevent this individual’s acts, no young person should ever have their trust violated by an adult—especially a member of our school’s community.
“As an educational community, our goal is to ensure our students and staff have access to a healthy and safe learning environment. We take this responsibility seriously and work hard every day to ensure our students are safe.”
As part of the school district’s continued and ongoing commitment to protecting students, the district annually provides Mandated Reporter Training, which includes training on sexual predators as well as reminder information to all employees throughout the year regarding their legal obligations as mandated reporters.
About the Elk Grove Unified School District
The Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD) is the fifth-largest school district in California located in southern Sacramento County. EGUSD covers 320 square miles and includes 67 schools: 42 elementary schools, nine middle schools, nine high schools, five alternative education schools, an adult school, one charter school and a virtual academy. Offering a multitude of educational programs, including over 70 career-themed academies and pathways within 15 industry sectors, we prepare our students for college and career by supporting them with the means to be creative problem solvers; self-aware, self-reliant, and self-disciplined; technically literate; effective communicators and collaborators; and engaged in the community as individuals with integrity. We integrate rigorous academics with career-based learning and real world workplace experiences and ensure that Every Student is Learning, in Every Classroom, in Every Subject, Every Day to Prepare College, Career and Life Ready Graduates.
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