A lawsuit filed by the parents of a 9-year old against school administrators in the Bossier Parish School system accuses the officials of miserably failing in their duty to protect students from a pedophile teacher. A P.E. teacher at Benton Elementary School is the subject of an expanding investigation over sexual harassment allegations.
47-year-old Aubrey “Perry” Norcross, of Bossier City, is being accused of victimizing eight children. He faces charges of one count of child rape, four counts of molestation of a juvenile, two counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile and one count of video voyeurism.
Norcross served as the P.E. teacher of the child in the lawsuit, and the parents of the little girl are saying that the Bossier Parish school system failed to protect the child by not recognizing or addressing the actions of Norcross.
The suit filed on Thursday in Bossier District Court says: “The Bossier Parish School Board breached its duty to provide a safe educational environment for students at Benton Elementary when it negligently hired, supervised and retained Aubrey Norcross.”
Named as defendants in the lawsuit are the school system and Norcross, who was arrested last week on charges of video voyeurism with one student and rape of another.
Norcross is jailed under $2 million bond. He has not been arraigned.
Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington said more people came forward with allegations against the P.E. teacher after his arrest was made public. He said those victims include both boys and girls.
Detectives have interviewed the children and have also been reviewing school security video, computers and at least one mobile phone for their probe on the matter.
One of the allegations shared by Edward Mouton, the attorney for the child who is the alleged victim of video voyeurism, is that Norcross used his mobile during gym class to record the child for “a lewd or lascivious purpose.” Mouton said even the surveillance video can establish that the abuse did happen.
The new lawsuit is seeking unspecified damages for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and mental anguish.
Since a child is involved, the identity of the parents in the lawsuit have been withheld. Not many details were provided except to describe that the child was a victim of “despicable acts during the school day.”’
For their part, school system Superintendent Scott Smith insists that the school administrators had no idea that a teacher was doing anything improper at that time of the alleged abuses.