Pasadena Unified School Security Guard Accused of Facilitating Student Sex Encounter Put on Leave

Published : Tuesday, October 8, 2019 | 7:02 PM

Pasadena Unified School Superintendent Brian McDonald said Tuesday that a School District security guard involved in a lawsuit which alleged the guard had facilitated a 2015 sexual encounter between two students has been placed on administrative leave.

According to the original complaint, a 14-year-old girl was pulled from debate class by a security guard at Pasadena High School, led to a locked auditorium and pressured into “consensual sex” with another student.

A janitor found them and took the pair to the administration office for disciplinary action, according to lawsuit.

Last month, a California Superior Court jury awarded $887,416 to the female student.  Pasadena Unified said it had no comment on the verdict. The District has the option to appeal.

“Back in 2015, appropriate discipline was taken against the district security guard based upon the information the district had at the time,” Superintendent Brian McDonald said in an emailed statement sent Tuesday. “However, in light of the recent judgment, the employee has been placed on administrative leave and is not currently on any district site.”

No more could be revealed, the Superintendent explained, as the matter involves personnel and confidentiality rules apply.

“[R]est assured district is actively evaluating the matter and will act appropriately,” McDonald wrote. “We are deeply concerned about the issues and conversations surrounding this civil case. Our highest priority is the safety and well-being of our students.”

The emailed statement apparently heralded McDonald’s return from a leave of absence since June for recovery from surgery.






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