DUBLIN, Ohio (WCMH) – Dublin City Schools is now being sued after a former teacher engaged in sexual acts with one of his students.
Gregory Lee was sentenced to 20 years in prison. The victim’s family said the district knew Lee was a threat to his students but did nothing about it.
The lawyer for the victim, John Marshall, said the teen is having a hard time.
“It’s tough. It’s really tough. She and her family have gone through, they’ve gone through hell,” said Marshall.
Marshall said that’s an understatement when explaining what his client has to go through every day. She’s just a teenager who was Lee’s victim. Marshall said there were more victims, but the district didn’t do anything about it.
“There were probably on six occasions where he should have been fired and he wasn’t,” said Marshall.
He claims there’s record of inappropriate incidents in Lee’s personnel file that should have got him fired, including a “Last Chance” agreement that said if he engaged in inappropriate behavior one more time he’d be fired.
“Twenty months later, he inappropriately touched a female student, he stared at her midriff. That made her feel uncomfortable. She complains about it. He wasn’t fired. This is all before our client was raped,” said Marshall.
NBC4 reached out to district officials requesting an interview, but they sent this statement instead.
“District statement this former teacher broke the law and betrayed us all. He is fully responsible for his acts. We’ve offered this family support and counseling. Now that there’s a lawsuit, we won’t be able to say more until the court case is over,” District spokesperson Doug Baker wrote.
Marshall thinks his client isn’t the only victim. He has a message for other possible victims watching right now.
“I hope that people come forward. Young women that used to be students will come forward and tell their stories because those stories ought to be heard,” said Marshall.
“The victim’s lawyer also told me that despite the fact that she’s not doing well right now, he’s more than confident she will eventually get through this.”