Teacher Sexually Abused Girls, But School Officials Ignored It: Lawsuit

A high school band teacher sexually assaulted teenage female students–and the school’s administrators did nothing about it, except try to cover it up, according to a lawsuit.

Villie Jones, who worked as South Gwinnett High School’s band director, has already been charged with 20 counts of sexual assault and child molestation according to The Atlanta Journal Constitution.

One of Jones’ alleged victims has sued Gwinnett County Public Schools, alleging the district engaged in a cover-up of three years of Jones sexually abusing students.

The suit says the district should have known and acted since Jones had previously been accused of having sexual contact with children in another job: Jones allegedly fathered a child with a student in North Carolina.

The alleged Georgia victims ranged in age from under 16 to 18 years old.

Its alleged that most of the incidents occurred on school property.

A student showed Thigpen, then the principal, and Lee, then the vice principal, a video of Jones “wrestling” with, groping and laying on top of female students in March 2016, but neither administrator reported the video to authorities or took any disciplinary action against Jones, the lawsuit says. It goes one to claim that Thigpen and Lee told the student to send them a copy of the video and then “destroy or delete” it.–AJC

Jones remains in jail pending trial.

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