Monrovia High School Teacher Arrested for Sexual Abuse of 16-Year-Old Girl
A Monrovia high school teacher was arrested on charges of sexual conduct with a 16-year-old female. Chad Miller, a 38-year-old teacher at Canyon Oaks High School in Monrovia, met the victim on a social media app in April of this ear. He corresponded with her for several months, and during this time, Miller “met the victim in person and engaged in several illicit acts with her,” according to authorities with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.
Charges filed against Miller include contact with a minor with intent to commit sex offenses, oral copulation with a minor and sexual penetration of a minor. He is due to appear in court on September 8th, and his bail has been set at $100,000.
Sadly, what’s happened to this girl is quite common in high schools and other facilities that are in charge of children. Predators like Miller prey on vulnerable children and groom them over a period of months by making the child feel loved and cared for. In addition, the victim was probably more at ease with Miller due to his status as a high school teacher.
His job and the access it gave him to potential victims is precisely what the authorities are concerned about. These cases usually involve a series of victims that go back many years. Anyone with information regarding Miller and sexual abuse of students can contact the Rancho Cucamonga Police Department Detective’s Bureau at 909-477-2800. Victims should also learn about their rights and legal options from a lawyer with experience in school sexual assault incidents. Our law firm is ready to take your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so contact us anytime if you or your loved one was sexually abused by a teacher.
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Can I Sue the School District if I was Sexually Abused by Chad Miller?
Most cases of teacher sexual abuse against a student involve lawsuits against the school district, as well as the abuser. The legal basis for a sexual assault lawsuit against a school is based on negligence, meaning that the school failed in their duty of care to the victim. This can happen in many ways, but we can all agree that school administrators are responsible for protecting the students they serve. That means they have a legal duty to contact the authorities if they witness, are told about, or suspect incidents of sexual conduct between students and teachers.
It’s hard to believe that this is the first time Chad Miller had set his sights on an innocent victim. Thus, we have to question what the school district knew and what they did with that information. For example, did victims previously come forward, but the school chose not to contact the authorities? Did they fail to terminate Miller’s employment or remove him from the school as they investigated allegations of sexual abuse? Did they destroy or conceal evidence that pointed to Miller or other teachers at the school, thereby putting more children at risk?
There are more issues that we will need to examine before we can determine the school district’s liability for the sexual abuse of one of their students. But you can see how schools become part of the problem, rather than the solution when a predatory teacher is in their midst. With that in mind, it’s essential to obtain legal advice from an experienced child sexual abuse attorney. Contact our office immediately if you were sexually molested by a staff member while you were attending Canyon Oaks High School.
Child Sexual Assault Lawsuit Case Values
First, it’s important to note that no amount of money can erase what has happened to you, or any other victim of child sexual assault. And putting a dollar value on what this type of abuse does to someone is incredible challenging, even for experienced attorneys. That’s why it’s impossible for us to say what these lawsuits are worth on average. Based on the degree of emotional trauma, physical injury, and level of neglect by the involved parties, case values may be within $450,000 to $3,000,000. But there have been cases where victims are awarded $5,000,000 or more due to a variety of conditions that are specific to their case. To discuss the potential value of your own public school sex abuse claim, contact the attorneys of DTLA Law Group.
How Long is the Settlement Process for these Cases?
There is no set amount of time to reach a settlement for cases of sexual abuse between teachers and students. These cases are especially complex when they involve staff members at public schools. Lawsuits against government and public entities require additional procedures, like filing a claim against the school district and waiting for a response before you can proceed with a lawsuit. It’s possible that you will receive a favorable settlement offer early on, but we find that most of these cases take around 1 to 2 years, and even longer if your case goes to trial. However, it is worth noting that over 95% of all childhood sex abuse cases are settled before the trial date.
Statute of Limitations to File a Student-Teacher Sexual Abuse Lawsuit
The deadline to sue for the sexual abuse of a minor is based on whichever of these dates comes later: 1) 22 years from the date of turning 18 (40 years old) or 2) within 5 years from discovering the psychological and/or physical effect of child sexual abuse. As you can see, this is a very generous amount of time seek justice if you were sexually abused by Chad Miller or any other teacher at Canyon Oaks High School. However, it’s important to obtain legal advice as soon as possible, since there is a lot of work to be done when it comes to a school sexual abuse lawsuit. The sooner you get started, the sooner you can build a strong case and fight for the compensation you deserve.
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Here at DTLA Law Group, we understand that things don’t always work out between lawyers and their clients. Sometimes, there are personality conflicts that can cause disagreements, and this is not necessarily any cause for alarm. On the other hand, there may be signs that your lawyer is incompetent or not experienced enough to handle the issues in your case. Or, they may lack the time and dedication you need as a childhood sex abuse victim in need of justice. If you are dealing with any of these issues, don’t hesitate to give us a call. One of our legal experts will meet with you for a free second opinion, so that you are aware of the available legal options if you feel like your case is headed in the wrong direction.
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Taking legal action is ultimately up to each and every victim of sexual abuse during childhood. The key is to weigh all your available options and make an informed decision. Doing so requires guidance from a sexual abuse lawsuit attorney, whether you are the victim or a family member of someone that was sexually assaulted as a minor.
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In short, you stand to lose absolutely nothing by meeting with us for a free case evaluation. Please contact us at your earliest convenience and schedule a free case evaluation.
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