October 11, 2018 05:55 AM
Joshua Johnson, the attorney representing two families with elementary school students in Cambridge-Isanti Schools, told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS Wednesday that his clients are preparing a lawsuit against the school district.
The lawsuit is in connection to alleged sexual assaults by a middle school student.
"We know the 14-year-old student who committed these sexual assaults against these two younger students did it on a school bus in 2017 and 2018," Johnson said. "And we have information about a prior incident with the same 14-year-old, under similar circumstances, in 2016."
Johnson said it looks like "a disturbing pattern," and more information is needed about the 2016 incident.
"It now becomes clear we need to find out what the school district knew and when did it know it," Johnson said.
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One Isanti County Sheriff's Deputy's report, obtained by KSTP, said one of the victims was "touched inappropriately 50 times" by the 14-year-old student while on the school bus. The suspect reportedly "threatened to hurt him and his family" if he said anything.
On another occasion, the report said the suspect "used candy" to keep the victim quiet about the sexual misconduct.
All three alleged incidents are referenced in sheriff's department reports. The 14-year-old has not been charged with a crime.
The Cambridge-Isanti School District declined an interview request, citing "privacy concerns involving minors."
In a brief statement, the district did say:
"We put safeguards in place as soon as we were made aware of the issues, and to our knowledge no further incidents have occurred since those safeguards were implemented, and as soon as we were aware, we responded to situations accordingly."
Johnson said if there is no resolution between his clients and the school district in a few weeks, they will likely file a civil lawsuit against "within the next month or two."
Updated: October 11, 2018 05:55 AM
Created: October 10, 2018 09:04 PM
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