Sexual Abuse in Schools
Jeff Anderson & Associates is recognized as the nation’s premier law firm to represent victims of childhood sexual abuse. Our law firm of legal professionals and advocates have spent over thirty years working with survivors of sexual abuse and litigating cases against schools, churches, and other institutions nationwide. We are honored to stand with and fight for our clients one-on-one, and provide them the attention, counsel, and care each survivor of child sexual abuse deserves. is more than our jobs, it is our cause, and we work tirelessly to advance the child protection movement and help every survivor find justice, healing, and reclaim some of the power taken from them as kids.
Couragous survivors filed lawsuits under the California Child Victims Act identifying Bell High School employees Meredith Seals and Juan Fraga as perpetrators of child sexual abuse. Seals was hired by the Los Angeles Unified School District to work as a Driver’s Ed teacher and a track coach. Fraga was hired by the Los Angeles Unified School District to work as an auto shop teacher at Bell High School.
Henry “Hank” Friedman was hired by the Beverly Hills Unified School District and for years he worked as a science teacher, baseball coach, and football coach at Beverly Hills High School. According to an LA Times article from 1981, a police investigation into allegations revealed “eight or nine” former students who were prepared to testify that Friedman had touched them inappropriately after directing them to disrobe.
Colton High School is a public high school located in Colton, California which opened in 1895 as the first High School in the Colton Joint Unified School District. At least 6 former football players who attended Colton High School, allege that Tiffany Gordon, the school’s Athletic Trainer at the time, repeatedly abused them.
Epiphany Catholic School and Parish, located in South El Monte, California, was established in 1959 and serves students in pre-school through 8th grade. Epiphany School was operated by the Bernardine Sisters of St. Francis and Lay personnel until June of 2000. From 1958 to 1992, numerous priests accused of sexually abusing children were assigned to and worked with children at Epiphany School.
Jeff Anderson & Associates has filed lawsuits against Fullerton Joint Union High School District under the new California Child Victims Act (AB 218) for childhood sexual assault by Charles “Chuck” Ritz III, a math teacher, soccer coach, and surf club advisor at La Habra High School.
Dozens of survivors at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana came forward to expose child sexual abuse and hazing at the prestigious Catholic high school located in the Diocese of Orange. In November 2021, a lawsuit was filed on behalf of a survivor of a hazing ritual involving the nationally ranked football team, that left the survivor with a brain injury.
Located within the Diocese of San Jose in California, Presentation High School is a private college prep school for girls in San Jose. In September of 2019, following a string of child sexual abuse reports and increasing attention resulting from abuse survivors sharing their stories, the administration enlisted Van Dermyden Maddux Law Corporation (Firm) to conduct a “thorough and impartial investigation into past reports of sexual abuse and misconduct and the handling of such allegations throughout the history of the school.”
David Sepe was employed by the Anaheim Unified High School District starting in approximately 1996 and worked as a history teacher at Savanna High School for many years before he was transferred to Katella High School. Through his position of power, Sepe utilized tactics such as special treatment and favoritism as well as emotional, psychological, and physical grooming, to gain trust and access to minor students. To this day, according to the staff sections on both Katella and Savanna High Schools’ websites, David Sepe is still currently employed by Anaheim Unified High School District, and works as a teacher at Katella High School.
Servite High School, a Catholic college preparatory school for boys located in Anaheim, California, was founded in 1958 and claims to be committed to developing students through academic excellence, prestigious athletics, and extracurricular opportunities. It was through these activities Fr. Kevin Fitzpatrick accessed and allegedly sexually abused minor student-athletes.
Jeff Anderson & Associates filed multiple lawsuits under the California Child Victims Act (AB 218) against Saint Francis High School, the Capuchin Franciscans, and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles for child sexual assault by one of its religious order priests and former faculty member, Father Christopher Kearney O.F.M.Cap. Fr. Kearney has been accused of sexually abusing at least 15 minors.
Damien Memorial School (formerly an all-boys educational institution) is now a co-ed, 6-12th grade school missioned by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Honolulu, Hawaii. Damien Memorial School has been a notorious dumping ground for child predators as evidenced by the numerous sexual abuse survivors who have already come forward.
In 2012, Minnesota was rocked by a revelation that the prestigious boarding school and hockey powerhouse, Shattuck – St. Mary’s School, in Faribault, Minnesota, had a secret and tragic history of sexual coercion and sexual abuse. According to reports, teachers such as Lynn Seibel were permitted by the school administration to sexually exploit children for years without the threat of repercussion or police involvement.
In 1986, Chartwell Manor Headmaster and teacher Terence Michael Lynch was indicted on more than 100 counts of sexually abusing 14 minor students since 1980. Home to a culture of abuse and secrecy, the Mendham Township institution allowed perpetrators to abuse students unchecked for years. Jeff Anderson & Associated filed dozens of cases under the New Jersey Victims’ Rights Bill against Chartwell Manor identifying Terence Michael Lynch, and other staff members as perpetrators.
Delbarton School was established in 1939 and is a nationally renowned elite private boys’ Catholic school located within the Archdiocese of Newark. Jeff Anderson & Associates filed dozens of cases against Dlebartion School under the New Jersey Victims’ Rights Bill identifying Fr. Timothy J. Brennan, O.S.B., Fr. Benedict Worry, O.S.B., Fr. Bruno Ugliano, O.S.B., Fr. Donal R. Fox, O.S.B., and other priests as alleged child abusers.
In January 2018, an investigative report was released showing 10 former teachers and faculty members engaged in “either sexual misconduct or other improper relationships with students.” The alleged abuse spanned from the 1960s to the mid-2000s. Former faculty members accused of inappropriate conduct with students include Arthur Budington, E. Webster Dann, Julie Jones, and Donna Armistead.
The Park School of Buffalo released an investigative report in December 2018 after at least 30 former students came forward and alleged abuse by at least 12 faculty members, coaches, and staff, in the 1980s and 1990s. In November 2019, Jeff Anderson & Associates and the Law Office of Steve Boyd, PC, filed a lawsuit on behalf of a survivor alleged abused by former English teacher Leonard Adkins, Jr.
In 2012, Richard Hovan, a geometry and calculus teacher at the prestigious Riverdale Country School in the Bronx, was arrested for raping a 16-year-old female student and convicted as a level-two sex offender.
According to an official list released by the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in January of 2019, the following are priests credibly accused of sexual abuse and have taught at the Jesuit-run, all-boys school between 1946 and 2002: Cornelius Carr, Thomas Denny, Raymond Fullam, John Garvey, James Kuntz, Keith Picklers, William Scanlon, and Joseph Towle.