Wednesday May 13 2009
Complaint filed against Western Placer
By: Brandon Darnell, News Messenger Reporter
Parents of victim of sex crimes file in court
The parents of a Lincoln High School student who was the victim of sexual crimes committed by former Marine recruiter Victor Sanchez-Millan have taken their case to the next level, filing a claim for damages against the Western Placer unified School District Tuesday at the Sacramento County Courthouse. The parents will remain anonymous in order not to identify the victim. The 20-page claim, which gives extensive background from the parents’ point of view, accuses the district of negligence, including “failure to supervise” and “negligent infliction of emotional distress.” The infliction of emotional distress applies only to the parents, according to the documents. The amount of damages sought by the parents is “yet-unknown” according to the complaint. 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. In December, Sanchez-Millan was sentenced to one year in jail and required to register as a sex offender. According to the complaint, Sanchez-Millan “would regularly enter onto the campus of Lincoln High School, meet MARY DOE on campus, and escort her off campus with the knowledge of school officials during school hours.” School officials have repeatedly denied culpability in the matter. Additionally, the complaint alleges that Sanchez-Millan took the student off campus during her lunch break. Sometimes, the complaint states, Sanchez-Millan took the student “to a motel or other location where he would ply her with alcoholic beverages and engage in sexual relations with her.” School district officials declined to comment Tuesday, referring inquiries to legal counsel. Carol Wieckowski, of the law offices of Evans, Wieckowski and Ward of Sacramento, longtime representatives of the school district, said Tuesday that she had not yet seen the claim. “I don’t have any comment until I can get the complaint and contact the people at the school,” Wieckowski said. “Once I can do a little investigation, I can comment on it.” An earlier claim for damages against the school district was rejected by the Western placer Unified School District Board of Trustees March 17. That claim, according to documents provided to the News Messenger, alleged 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.” According to the victim’s father, he never gave permission for his daughter to be taken off campus by Sanchez-Millan, and he said he has never gotten an official apology from the district. “If they had accepted responsibility for their mistakes, I never would have done all this,” he said Monday. Brandon Darnell can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.