A student whose rape in 2012 led to the incarceration of a school musical director sued the Charleroi Area School District and Bethlehem-Center School District today, alleging that their inaction ruined her high school experience and violated her rights.
The student, who is not named in the complaint, studied at Charleroi from 2005 through 2013. In 2012, she participated in the school musical "Back to the ‘80s," according to the lawsuit.
Charleroi contracted with Beth-Center for the services of director Jeffrey A. Hahn Jr., now 25, of Allison Park, according to the complaint. Hahn romanced and then raped the student, then 15, according to the complaint.
Hahn is now serving a four- to eight-year prison sentence for sexual assault and other crimes.
Charleroi teacher Jennifer Marie Joyce, who was in charge of the musical and recruited Hahn, learned of the rape, according to the complaint. She did not investigate or report the matter, the student alleged.
Ms. Joyce, 29, of Bellevue, later received accelerated rehabilitative disposition for failing to report child abuse.
The student faced "harassing confrontations and comments by fellow students," resulting in flashbacks, wrote her attorney, Peter D. Friday. She received little support from teachers or the administration, according to the complaint, and eventually transferred to a cyber charter school.
The two school districts violated the student's Title IX rights to be free of sexual harassment, sexual assault and a sexually hostile educational environment, the complaint contended.
Charleroi and Bethlehem-Center school officials could not be immediately be reached for comment.
Rich Lord: firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-263-1542. Twitter: @richelord. First Published July 15, 2014 12:00 AM