Legal Claim Filed in Bay Area School Child Abuse Case

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

CONCORD, Calif. (AP) - A new legal claim accuses officials at a San Francisco Bay Area school district of failing to report suspected child abuse by a teacher who is now charged with molesting numerous students.

The claim on behalf of seven alleged victims of Joseph Martin, an elementary school teacher in the Mt. Diablo School District in Contra Costa County, alleges a 2006 district report found Martin may have abused children. But the claim filed last week says district officials at the time did not report the findings to police.

Martin has been charged with over 100 felony counts involving 13 fifth-grade boys. He has pleaded not guilty.

The Contra Costa Times reports that the alleged victims in the claim say they were abused between 2009 and earlier this year.

A message for district officials was not immediately returned.

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