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Pennsylvania Teacher Charged With Child Endangerment Charge

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Stephen Raught Sentenced to 23 Months in Prison for Child Endangerment Charges

An investigation was launched after the Pennsylvania State Police received a top about alleged sex abuse of a minor by her teacher.  The victim told investigators that she went to school to get a textbook and talk with her teacher one day in March 2020, just days after the initial COVID-19 lockdown began.  When she walked into the classroom, Raught closed the door and kissed the student’s mouth and her genitals over her clothes.

District Attorney Deb Ryan said, “For months he groomed her before taking advantage of her at a vulnerable moment when the COVID-19 lockdown started.” Allegedly, there were previously claims about inappropriate behavior by Raught with other students that the school district did not properly investigate and failed to take any disciplinary action, allowing Raught to continue his behavior.

Similar sexual abuse of children by their teachers have not only resulted in criminal convictions as in this case, but also civil judgments.  It is also not uncommon for these abusers of children to have abused other children.  It is important that victims receive justice to the fullest extent of the law and that those who are response for the abuse are held accountable.

Andreozzi + Foote is one of the nation’s leading firms in representing survivors of sexual abuse against large and powerful institutions.  The institutions, especially the schools where we sent our children, are entrusted to care for children are expected to follow their own policies and procedures to keep children safe from harm.  The firm of Andreozzi + Foote has handled multiple cases against schools and school districts, youth sports organizations, churches, ministries, and camps for their part in sexual abuse and exploitation of minors.

If you or a loved one was the victim of sexual abuse or exploitation, including those who were abused by their teachers or within their schools, please reach out to us for a free consultation at 866-311-8640.

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