Sep 1, 2021
A teacher at Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, California, was arrested on suspicion of child molestation last week, according to a police announcement. The Los Angeles Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in the investigation, asking any additional victims to come forward.
A LAPD news release confirmed that Jason Bissell, a teacher at the private Catholic school, was taken into custody on August 26 following reports of “alleged ongoing inappropriate sexual conduct.”
Bissell, 52, who reportedly remains in custody, has been teaching at Notre Dame since 2006. He was booked at the Van Nuys Community Police Station jail, and subsequently assigned to the Twin Towers Correctional Facility. His bail was set at $710,000, and a court appearance has been set for October 12.
Authorities did not release additional details related to the allegations against Bissell, but the LAPD’s Abused Child Section did request the public’s help on Tuesday in an effort to locate potential victims.
As the investigation is ongoing, anyone with information on Bissell is urged to contact LAPD Juvenile Division Detectives at 818-374-5415 (or 877-527-3247 during non-business hours/on weekends). Those wishing to remain anonymous can contact L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477, or submit a tip online at lacrimestoppers.org.
A recently passed law known as California AB 218 allows survivors of childhood sexual abuse an unprecedented opportunity at obtaining justice. Regardless of when the crime occurred, survivors may now file a civil lawsuit against their abuser (whether an individual or institution) seeking financial compensation. AB 218’s three-year “lookback window” clause temporarily tolls (pauses) the statute of limitations on child sexual abuse crimes, allowing every survivor an opportunity at justice through the civil courts.
However, this clause is only in effect until December 31, 2022. After that date, the standard statute of limitations will resume, and survivors who have not filed a claim may be left without legal recourse. Accordingly, we encourage all survivors to come forward as soon as possible and file claims to ensure their chance at justice is not stymied.
Additionally, AB 218’s treble damages clause allows the courts the latitude to award triple damages amounts to survivors of childhood sexual abuse in cases where a cover-up is proven. For example, if a survivor was awarded a $10 million settlement and a cover-up was proven, the courts could actually issue that individual $30 million as a final damages award. The treble damages clause is intended to severely punish bad actors who engaged in systemic and widespread child sexual abuse through cover-ups.
Dordulian Law Group (DLG) pursues treble damages in all applicable childhood sexual abuse cases.
Survivors of childhood sexual abuse have the option to pursue justice through a civil lawsuit that recovers maximum financial compensation. To file a claim, contact a member of DLG’s Sex Crimes Division team today for a free consultation. We’ll review the facts of your case (at DLG, we believe survivors), launch a thorough investigation led by our in-house Chief Investigator and retired LAPD Abused Child Unit detective, Moses Castillo, and develop an aggressive but precise legal strategy based on our decades of experience and proven results.
At DLG, we’re led by a former sex crimes prosecutor and Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles County, Sam Dordulian. Dordulian founded DLG’s Sex Crimes Division to be the leading and top-rated outfit it is today, providing survivors of childhood sexual abuse with a unique and all-encompassing form of expert legal representation.
DLG’s SAJE Team (Sexual Abuse Justice Experts) offers survivors a four-tiered network of support and resources:
Survivors who choose DLG have peace of mind and confidence knowing that their claims are in the absolute best hands. Our experience and proven results are evidence of the level of dedication and personalized attention we offer each and every survivor client:
Contact us today online or by phone at 818-322-4056 for a free and no obligation consultation with one of our SAJE Team members. We’re ready to serve as your dedicated legal advocate, and to fight to help you secure justice through maximum financial compensation.
At DLG, we believe everyone should have access to the absolute best legal representation available. That’s why we offer our No Win/No Fee Guarantee, ensuring you never have to worry about any upfront costs or out-of-pocket expenses. With DLG, you don’t pay a penny until we recover a maximum financial damages award on your behalf.
Reach out to a dedicated and trusted member of our team today to discuss your claim and to learn more about why DLG’s team is comprised of the best sexual abuse attorneys in California.
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