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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Ind. Courts - More on "Two school employees accused of having reason to believe the relationship was happening and not reporting it to law enforcement or child protective services between August 2007 and October 2008"

Updating this ILB entry from yesterday, Matt Fritz of the LaPorte Herald-Argus reports:

On Thursday, an attorney representing the girl, who was 15-years-old when Ashcraft, a former volleyball coach for La Porte High School, started engaging her in sexual relations, filed a lawsuit alleging the La Porte Community School Corp failed to provide a safe environment for the victim and failed to adequately supervise Ashcraft.

"We would have liked to have avoided filing a lawsuit," said Attorney Tim Stoesz during an interview before the filing. "There were communications between the parties back to last fall, but they were terminated by the school system when (Varsity Volleyball Coach Marybeth) Lebo and (Athletic Director Ed) Gilliland and the school were indicted and they were never reopened."

The suit alleges that Ashcraft had sex with the victim, who is now 19-years-old, approximately 25 times between Sept. 2007 and the summer of 2009, with no less than two acts of statutory rape before the victim's 15th birthday.

Ashcraft was convicted in 2011 of two counts of sexual misconduct with a minor under the age of 16, Class B felonies; one count of sexual misconduct with a minor under the age of 16, a Class C felony; and one count of child seduction with a minor over the age of 16, a Class D felony. * * *

Ashcraft, Lebo and Gilliland are also named as defendants in the suit.

The plaintiffs also want to open the report compiled by Private Investigator Larry Evans, which was conducted on behalf of the school corporation.

"When we get that report," Stoesz said, "we plan on releasing it to the public while protecting the minors' identities, but the public has a right to know what's in that report. " * * *

The suit also says Lebo and Gilliland failed to provide proper supervision of Ashcraft and ignored indications from various sources on his activities with the victim.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on May 26, 2012 07:06 PM
Posted to Indiana Courts