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Friday, May 30, 2014

Ind. Courts - "Federal lawsuit filed over alleged sexual exploitation" by a New Castle school counselor

Douglas Walker's story yesterday in the Muncie Star-Press reported:

NEW CASTLE — A 2013 graduate of New Castle Community Schools has filed a federal lawsuit alleging he was the target of sexual exploitation by a school counselor.

The allegations in the suit — filed last week in U.S. District Court in Indianapolis — are nearly identical to those made in a criminal case, also pending in federal court, against Darrell Hughes, a 55-year-old Muncie man who worked for several years as as behavioral specialist at a New Castle alternative school.

Hughes was indicted by a U.S. District Court grand jury in April on three counts of sexual exploitation of minor boys.

* * * [The teen is] not one of the victims referred to in the criminal cases. * * *

The suit alleges the teen was a victim of sexual harassment and gender discrimination, noting Hughes targeted only male students. It seeks both compensatory and punitive damages.The ILB has obtained a copy of the 15-page complaint; access it here.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on May 30, 2014 08:47 AM
Posted to Indiana Courts