Monn sex-abuse victim sues for damages
– A female victim in the Jeremy Monn trial has filed suit against the Big Oak Flat Groveland School District, the Paso Robles Joint Unified School District and Monn individually. The victim was a Paso Robles High School Student. Her identity has not been released.
The lawsuit files damage charges against Monn, who plead no contest to multiple acts of unlawful sex with underage female students at both school districts.
The lawsuit reads that, “Monn knew and understood what he was doing was illegal and a felony. He used his position of trust as a teacher to exploit and manipulate (the victim’s) vulnerable state so that he could take advantage of her and engage in sex with her.”
The lawsuit also presses fraud charges against the Big Oak Flat Groveland School District, alleging that Monn received favorable recommendations from Big Oak before being hire in Paso Robles. The lawsuit states that the principal of the Gib Oak school and others acting on his behalf promised Monn that Big Oak would give him a favorable recommendation if he found another teaching position elsewhere.
“At the end of the 2012-2013 school year, Monn applied for and ultimately was hired by Paso Robles as a teacher and advisor for the 2013-2014 school year. However, in the course of the interview process, Paso Robles contacted Big Oak to inquire about Monn’s employment there. Big Oak, as promised, gave Monn an entirely favorable recommendation and endorsed him as an excellent teacher and someone who Paso Robles should hire,” the lawsuit reads.
The suit also charges the Paso Robles Joint Unified School District with negligent hiring, supervision and retention, saying that the Paso Robles district, “had the responsibility and duty to adequately and properly investigate, hire, train, supervise, and monitor its teachers and advisors and to protect its students from harm caused by unfit and dangerous individuals hired as teachers and advisors.”
Monn was arrested in June 2014 and was criminally charged with felony counts related to unlawful sexual misconduct with an underage girl who attended Don Pedro High School and he was also criminally charged with felony counts related to unlawful sexual misconduct with an underage girl who attended Paso Robles High School. Monn was criminally convicted of felonies involving both girls. He will be sentenced to prison in July 2015. His sentence is expected to be seven years, according to a press release by the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney.