Monday, January 26, 2009

KY: School And Church Sued Over Alleged Abuse

Last Update: 1/23 5:25 pm

A suit has been filed against officials with St. Joseph Elementary School in Crescent Springs and the Covington Diocese, accusing them of failing to stop abuse against a student.

The allegations in the suit are that a female student was bullied by other students last school year on school property and at school functions.

There are also allegations of a sexual assault.

A friend of the girl's family filed the suit in order to protect her identity.

Marianne Chevalier, the attorney for the friend says the girl's parents asked repeatedly to get the issues resolved and sued as a last resort.

Covington Bishop Roger Foyes and St. Joseph's principal Rebecca Brown are two of the eight people named in the suit.

A spokesperson for the Diocese told 9News once the suit is reviewed a statement will be released.

The suit is asking for $250,000. Chevalier says the family would use the money to to pay for educational and psychological services for the girl.

The girl no longer attends the school.

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