Feds: Pa. school indifferent over sex assaults

July 8, 2009 8:23:16 AM PDT
The Justice Department wants to join a lawsuit filed on behalf of three eastern Pennsylvania boys who say they were raped as first graders. The Justice Department says in court papers that the Allentown School District showed "deliberate indifference" to school safety.

The $15 million suit alleges that school district employees failed to investigate or remove the 12-year-old boy who committed assaults on a total of four boys in 2003 and 2004. The perpetrator was found guilty in juvenile court of raping one of the boys.

The Justice Department says it is seeking "institutional changes" to ensure that "students are protected from such dangerous and discriminatory conditions in the future."

The district's lawyer said in a statement that the government's motion does "not indicate any enhanced culpability" on the part of the district.

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Information from: The Morning Call

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