Thursday Mar 19 2009
Claim filed against WPUSD
By: Brandon Darnell, News Messenger Reporter
Parents of sex crime victim seeking damages
The parents of the Lincoln High School student who was the victim of sexual crimes committed by former Marine Recruiter Victor Sanchez-Millan have filed a claim for damages against the Western Placer Unified School District. The total amount of the claim is “in excess of $10,000,” according to documents provided to the News Messenger. The parents will remain anonymous in order not to identify the victim. The claim for damages was rejected March 18 during the school board meeting. “At this point, we have forwarded the claim to our insurance group,” said Superintendent Scott Leaman. District officials have denied culpability in past statements to the News Messenger. Representatives from Schools Insurance Group did not immediately return phone calls Thursday morning. Sanchez-Millan pleaded no contest to two misdemeanor counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and two felony counts of unlawful sex with a minor in a plea bargain on Oct. 30 in Sacramento County. Sanchez-Millan was sentenced to one year in jail Dec. 15 and is required to register as a sex offender. The current claim filed by the 17-year-old girl’s father alleges that Western Placer Unified School District officials made “false and misleading statements which interfered with local and federal government criminal investigation” as well as failure to comply with the district’s own policy on releasing students to “leave campus with persons so authorized.” Additional damages alleged in the claim include violations to parental rights and rights to privacy, infliction of emotional distress, breach of contract and allowing a third party to enter the campus of Lincoln High School and illegally interfere with the girl’s education by taking her off campus. At the heart of the issue, according to the victim’s father, is that he did not authorize anyone to take his daughter off campus. Brandon Darnell can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.