Omar Galeana, Diegueño Middle School Staffer, Accused of Sexual Abuse of Encinitas Student

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Omar Galeana, Diegueño Middle School Staffer, Accused of Sexual Abuse of Encinitas Student

Omar Galeana, Diegueño Middle School Staffer, Accused of Sexual Abuse of Encinitas Student

Mar 28, 2024

A former employee at an Encinitas middle school was arrested over the weekend over allegations of sexually abusing a 12-year-old.

Omar Hernandez Galeana, 21, who had been employed as a campus supervisor at Diegueño Middle School, was taken into custody Sunday and now faces a total of 12 counts involving sex abuse of two minors – a boy and a girl.

According to officials with the San Diego Sheriff’s Office Child Abuse Unit, someone reported that Omar Galeana met the 12-year-old outside of school hours. An immediate investigation was launched, various media outlets confirmed.

Galeana pleaded not guilty to the felony charges, which include:

  • Forcible lewd acts on a child
  • Furnishing cannabis to a minor under 14
  • Aggravated sexual assault of a minor
  • Contributing to the delinquency of minors by encouraging them to break curfew

According to court documents, the alleged sexual abuse committed by Omar Galeana only involved the female 12-year-old victim.

The alleged off-campus sex crimes incidents occurred on March 23 and 24. Omar Hernandez Galeana worked at Diegueño Middle School for three months. He was fired shortly before a message to parents was sent out Monday morning.

Anne Staffieri, Superintendent of the San Dieguito Union High School District, wrote:

“As always, we are committed to keeping parents and families informed whenever issues arise that may affect students… As this matter is part of an ongoing investigation, we are extremely limited in terms of the information we can share about the former employee and the allegations. This terribly unfortunate situation should not be a discussion on social media as that will not help law enforcement with their investigation, and it serves only to compromise the privacy of those involved.”

Galeana was booked in the Vista Detention Center and has been denied bail.

Speaking to NBC 7 after Galeana’s arraignment, Deputy District Attorney Nereida Bowman said:

“We have one minor who was sexually assaulted, and the other minor who was a victim in this case for the remaining charges on that complaint… He was someone that worked at their school that they knew that they got to know pretty well.”

Bowman added that Omar Galeana is believed to have been communicating with a number of students via WhatsApp – including the two alleged victims.

“He would tell these minors to delete those messages because there were consequences for him,” Bowman told NBC.

Bowman also noted that more victims of Omar Galeana are being sought.

“Additionally, information that we have as part of this investigation is that the defendant is very, very friendly with a lot of other minors located at this middle school,” she said.

If convicted of sexual abuse against a minor, Galeana could face a sentence of 15 years to life.

During arraignment, Judge Francisco Sanchez added a restraining order mandating that, if released, Galeana is “not permitted anywhere near the alleged victims nor able to contact them,” NBC reported.

California School Sexual Abuse: Important Information for Parents

The arrest of Omar Galeana is sadly the third of a staffer at a San Diego County school in the last week. Parents need to know how common school sex abuse is, particularly in San Diego and Southern California-area institutions.

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights recently issued a troubling report with data indicating:

  • There were 14,938 sexual violence incidents in K-12 schools between 2017-2018.
  • When compared to the 9,649 school sexual violence incidents recorded in 2015, that 2017-2018 figure represents a 55% rise.

Common types of school sexual abuse cited in the report include

Furthermore, parents need to be aware of the long-term trauma which can impact victim of childhood school sexual abuse:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Flashbacks
  • Emotional trauma
  • Guilt

While California public school sexual abuse is rampant, victims and their families have options for obtaining justice, including filing a civil lawsuit for damages with the experienced San Diego school sexual abuse attorneys at Dordulian Law Group (DLawGroup).

Contact an Encinitas Middle School Sexual Abuse Lawyer Today to Get Justice

If you suspect that your child has been sexually abused at school, we have a team of dedicated and proven attorneys who are prepared to assist you. Our child sex crimes lawyers will fight to get maximum financial damages for your school abuse case. Cases of child sexual abuse are very serious and require a professional, discreet, and fearless approach.

DLawGroup is committed to helping survivors of sexual abuse and their families through the legal process. The most effective way to get justice is by filing a civil lawsuit against the abuser of your child.

When you file a civil case for sexual abuse, DLawGroup’s four-tiered SAJE Team (Sexual Abuse Justice Experts) is at your service:

  • Tier One: Former sex crimes prosecutor Sam Dordulian and his team of dedicated school sex abuse attorneys
  • Tier Two: Retired LAPD sex crimes detective Moses Castillo
  • Tier Three: An in-house licensed clinical therapist
  • Tier Four: A licensed victim advocate

We will pursue all damages that apply to your child’s case:

  • Psychological trauma
  • Emotional harm
  • Pain and suffering
  • Reduced Quality of Life
  • Medical Bills
  • Counseling or therapy costs
  • Reduced earning capacity
  • Punitive damages

It is also important to know that civil claims of sexual abuse are separate from any criminal charges which may also be filed against your child’s perpetrator. Civil claims can be filed by a child’s family on his/her behalf with an attorney like the Dordulian Law Group School Sexual Abuse Team. The District Attorney’s Office is responsible for filing criminal charges. If the District Attorney doesn’t pursue criminal charges, you can still file a civil claim against the abuser of your child with Dordulian Law Group.

DLawGroup treats every victim of a school sexual abuse with professionalism and respect. We know how difficult it is to report sexual abuse in schools. Accordingly, we are here to listen, to believe, and to support the families of survivors as they seek justice through such a difficult time.

Contact DLawGroup today by calling 866-GO-SEE-SAM to schedule your free and confidential Encinitas middle school sexual abuse attorney consultation today.

Multiple liable parties or entities can be named in Diegueño Middle School sexual abuse lawsuits. Many of the California school sexual abuse claims filed by Dordulian Law Group include multiple defendants.

Some of the defendants that may be sued for your child’s school sexual abuse incident include:

  • Teachers
  • Administrators
  • Principals
  • Superintendents
  • Coaches
  • Counselors
  • Volunteers
  • Students
  • School districts

Our Sexual Assault Justice Experts are here to help survivors secure justice. Contact our top-rated attorneys online or by phone for a free consultation today.

Anyone who fails to report or prevent school sexual abuse could be named as a defendant in your child’s case. All parties involved in the case, including the school, the district, and the staff have a responsibility to protect your child and report any suspected sexual abuse.

We will explain all the legal options available to you and your child and identify the possible defendants that could be charged with the crimes when you reach out for your free consultation at 866-GO-SEE-SAM.

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