BAKERSFIELD, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The attorneys at the law firm of Owen, Patterson & Owen have filed suit in the Superior Court of the State of California, County of Kern on behalf of a four-year-old minor by way of her guardian. According to court documents, the young girl was allegedly sexually abused on multiple occasions while in the care of First United Methodist Church of Bakersfield’s First Experiences Preschool in Bakersfield, California.
As recently reported by KERO-TV in Bakersfield, California, and Kern Golden Empire the plaintiff suffered sexual abuse during naptimes that were unsupervised. According to court documents, the abuse also occurred at lunchtime, in restrooms, in the classrooms and/or on the playground. The school staff was allegedly made aware of the occurrences but failed to communicate the sexual abuse to the plaintiff’s parents or to authorities. Teachers and school staff members fall into a category of people that are legally required to report negligence or abuse to law enforcement.
“We ask that the parents of children who attend and/or have attended First United Methodist Church of Bakersfield and First Experiences Preschool contact our office with any information immediately,” said lead attorney Greg Owen of Owen, Patterson & Owen.
“We also encourage any employees, past or present, of First United Methodist Church of Bakersfield and First Experiences Preschool to contact our office toll free at 1-800-676-5295 with any insight that will aide in the investigation of this situation.” The latest information can be found at http://www.opolaw.com/first-experiences-preschool-child-sex-abuse-lawsuit
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