Jul 13, 2022
A 22-year-old Fresno school teacher’s assistant was arrested for a misdemeanor act including sending sexual messages to a 12-year-old, the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Wednesday.
Kevin Juarez, described as a “noontime assistant at Storey Elementary School,” was arrested and booked into the Fresno County Jail. He was later released with a citation to appear in court after being accused of misdemeanor annoying or molesting a minor, according to the Fresno Bee.
Juarez worked on the Fresno Unified School District campus during the lunch hour to supervise children while teachers took their breaks, the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office said in the news release.
The release further noted that an unidentified individual reported that Juarez was having inappropriate conversations with a 12-year-old student. Detectives reportedly discovered that the teacher’s assistant had sent messages of a sexual nature to the girl through a social media app.
Children are considered minors under California law. Accordingly, a child is never able to give consent, and any sexual act involving a minor is considered abuse. Under California law, childhood sexual abuse can entail:
Moreover, California law broadly defines child sexual assault as including any sexual act, such as:
Furthermore, the following actions constitute a sex crime under California law:
Under California law, sexual exploitation of a child can also include depicting a minor in any of the aforementioned acts that are considered sexual assault. Any adult who promotes, uses, or coerces a child into participating in (or encouraging others to participate in) the following actions is committing sexual exploitation under California law:
A study issued by the U.S. Education Department confirmed that reports of sexual violence in schools rose more than 50% between the 2015 and 2016 school year.
For California childhood sex crimes, the statute of limitations is temporarily paused under Assembly Bill 218 (AB 218). AB 218 took effect on January 1, 2020, effectively tolling (pausing) the statute of limitations on all childhood sex crimes through the end of 2022.
Accordingly, under AB 218, all survivors of childhood sexual abuse or assault may currently file civil claims seeking financial compensation until December 31, 2022. As of January 1, 2023, however, the standard statute of limitations will resume, and survivors who did not file claims will likely be left without any legal recourse.
Additionally, California AB 218 includes a treble damages clause which gives the courts latitude to triple financial damages awards in cases where a cover-up is proven. For example, if you are a sexual abuse survivor who was victimized through a systemic cover-up (at either an individual or institutional level), and that malfeasance was able to be proven in court, a $10 million damages award could theoretically be increased to $30 million under the AB 218 treble damages clause.
The treble damages clause was included in California AB 218 in an effort to severely punish bad actors who participated in systemic cover-ups.
For additional information on California AB 218 and how it offers survivors of childhood sexual abuse an unprecedented opportunity at justice, please visit our recent blog post.
California childhood sexual abuse civil lawsuits may be brought in an effort to recover financial compensation for various types of losses. Depending on the circumstances of childhood sex crime, compensatory damages may be pursued and recovered through a civil claim.
Examples of some common damages that may be secured through a California childhood sexual assault or abuse civil claim include:
DLG is a leading California-based school sexual assault firm representing survivors across the United States. We offer clients a unique type of legal representation which includes a four-tiered team of professionals known as the SAJE Team:
DLG’s experienced childhood sexual abuse lawyers have helped countless survivors secure maximum financial damages awards. Some of our recent sexual assault civil lawsuit victories include:
For a free and confidential consultation regarding your childhood sexual assault or abuse civil claim, contact a member of DLG’s SAJE Team today at 818-322-4056. Our sex crime attorneys have helped victims recover more than $100,000,000 in settlements and verdicts while maintaining a 98% success record.
There is never any fee for our expert childhood sexual abuse legal representation until we’ve successfully recovered a maximum financial damages award for your claim. If we don’t win, you don’t pay – it’s that simple.
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