Huron Valley Schools faces lawsuit after substitute teacher accused of touching students

Some families retained attorney Ven Johnson
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Posted at 10:38 PM, May 09, 2024
and last updated 2024-05-09 22:43:36-04

HIGHLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WXYZ) — More potential victims are accusing a substitute teacher in Huron Valley Schools of inappropriately touching them and now, a lawsuit is in the works.

Parents spoke out about the allegations Monday during a school board meeting. The Oakland County Sheriff's Office said it’s been investigating the cases since late April.

Watch our previous report about the allegations and hear from parents below:

Substitute teacher accused of touching students at Huron Valley Schools

The teacher, who is employed by a third party, has been pulled from the classroom.

7 News Detroit is not disclosing the name of the substitute teacher since charges have not been filed in the case.

Attorney Ven Johnson has been retained by four families who allege the substitute teacher at Spring Mills Elementary School in Highland Township touched their children inappropriately multiple times.

Johnson plans to sue the district and the principal, who was allegedly alerted a year ago but failed to report it.

Johnson also says the teacher was charged but not convicted of sexual assault by another young girl in 2016.

"There’s no way that they should've had this man in their schools with young kids when he had allegations of child sexual misconduct in 2016," Johnson told us.

The district responded saying:

"Above all else, the Huron Valley School District is committed to the health and safety of its students. HVS is aware of the concerns that have been raised and, as it previously communicated to its school community, is cooperating fully with the investigation being conducted by the Oakland County Sheriff’s Department, as well as conducting its own internal review of this matter. As HVS does not want to impede the work being completed by the Sheriff's Office, all requests for information should be directed to the OCSO.”