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Kansas school, sheriff sued over officer’s sexual abuse

December 15, 2020 GMT

PLEASANTON, Kan. (AP) — A former Kansas high school student sexually abused by her school’s resource officer on Monday sued the former sheriff and school for not stopping the abuse.

The lawsuit details months of abuse beginning in 2017 and allegations of lack of action by Pleasanton Unified School District 344 and former Linn County Deputy Sheriff David Huggins’ boss, the former sheriff, the Kansas City Star reported.

Huggins pleaded guilty to aggravated indecent liberties with a child in January 2019 and was sentenced to more than 15 years in prison for the crime.

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According to the lawsuit, the victim was 15 when Huggins impregnated her. He was 44 at the time.

The Associated Press does not report the names of sexual assault victims unless they have come forward and voluntarily identified themselves.

The lawsuit claims the school district negligently hired Huggins, who had previously been accused of sexually harassing a minor. The victim’s attorneys also say the former sheriff failed to stop the abuse.

The former sheriff, who has since left the department, declined to comment on the suit to the newspaper. An attorney for the school district also declined to comment, citing the pending lawsuit.