Girl Raped, Family Sues School District

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Article Date: 5/21/2010 | Resource: MLG

Girl Raped, Family Sues School District

The family of a 13-year-old girl seduced and repeatedly raped by a middle school construction worker is suing the San Bernardino Unified School District claiming officials failed to protect the girl after learning of the abuse.

Registered sex offender Darold Hecht began talking to the girl in August 2006 while he was working for his father-in-law’s construction company, which was building new facilities at Cesar E. Chavez Middle School. In October, the suit says Hecht began to repeatedly rape, batter and sexually abuse the girl.

He was convicted on child sex charges in the case and is in prison.

The San Bernardino County Superior Court lawsuit filed against the district seeks more than $5 million in damages.

School district officials haven’t commented on the suit so far.

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Jeffrey Marquart