Concord: Family files lawsuit against Mt. Diablo school district, six former employees

Family members claim they would never have been victimized had the district properly gone to authorities with earlier complaints against Woodside Elementary School teacher Joseph Martin, including those outlined in a 2006 internal district report.

Steven M. Sweat‘s insight:

So-called “grooming” is a common and despicable technique that child sexual predators often use to obtain the trust of victims and their families.  The children are lured with gifts and trips and eventually the perpetrator is able to obtain one on one access with the child and commit sexual assaults.  Both criminal prosecution and civil lawsuits like this one are often the only means for the victims to stop the cycle of sexual abuse and gain some sense of justice.

Glotzer & Sweat, LLP – Sexual Abuse and Assault Attorneys, Los Angeles, CA

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