LA Unified School District facing another sex abuse lawsuit

- The latest civil lawsuit filed against the Los Angeles Unified School District comes from a man who is now 24-years-old, but a decade ago went to Vista Middle School in Van Nuys.

At the time, the assistant principal was a man named William Webb.

Webb, arrested Tuesday on charges of lewd acts, oral copulation and sodomy on a minor, was said to be a well-liked assistant principal when he worked at Vista. 

Attorney Michael Carillo is the attorney for the plaintiff only known as "John R. C. Doe".

"The victim in this case suffered through several years of trauma, touching, sexual molestation and abuse and it was all due to this assistant principal," he said.

Carrillo and his father Luis, who is also an attorney, filed the lawsuit in December, but decided not to make it public until after the arrest as not to jeopardize the investigation.

Carrillo said the district has to be held accountable. The complaints in his civil suit include negligence, negligent supervision, negligent hiring and/or retention and sexual harassment.

The Webb case comes on the heels of $88 million in settlements being paid to 47 plaintiffs.

"The resolution of these cases allows us to spare our LA Unified families the anguish of multiple protracted trials while being mindful of the financial consequences of these settlements," Superintendent Michelle King said.

In the Webb case, the elder Carrillo believes the LAUSD has to be broken up so there is more local control.

"We’re suing the district because the district fell asleep for over four years," he added.

However, parent Marlene Vega said there should not be settlements or lawsuits because there should not be cases in the first place.

"Our kids need to be safe in a school like this," Vega said. "We bring them here and supposedly we’re happy because they’re okay, but obviously things are happening also in here."

Kathryn Garcia also went to school when Webb was assistant principal.

"I’m just shocked that all of this is going on," the 18-year-old said. "It’s just a big thing to take in and, especially, a teacher that we all knew who we thought we could trust."

"He was a nice vice principal. I knew him. A lot of students knew him as well. It was shocking to know about this," added another Vista alumni, Gabrielle Estevez.

On the Webb case, the district says it told parents of Webb's arrest and reiterated that its top priority is safety.

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