Teachers are given the important job of educating the youth of America. Part of the responsibility of a teacher is to look after children all day and make sure they are safe, but in recent years, an increasing amount of teachers in California have been accused of molesting the students they are responsible for at school.
Now that parents are more concerned that their children are at risk of inappropriate behavior by a teacher, it is more important than ever for teachers to know what to do if they are accused of child molestation.
Why Teachers are Always at Risk of Child Molestation Allegations
Unlike most jobs, a teacher works and has contact with children all day. It isn’t uncommon for a teacher to possibly congratulate their students by simply patting them on the back or giving them a hug. Unfortunately, a child may misinterpret what an adult does or explain an interaction to his or her parent in a way that could be negatively interpreted.
If a parent suspects any wrongdoing by a teacher, they likely won’t hesitate to accuse the teacher of child molestation. Even in cases where a teacher charged with molestation has been found innocent, irreversible damage may have been done to the teacher’s reputation. It is an accusation that could ruin your professional life, harm personal relationships, and follow you for the rest of your life.
How to Avoid Child Molestation Allegations
As a teacher, it is important to protect yourself in the event of an accusation of child molestation. Even if there is the possibility you might be accused of a crime, the actions you take could have a serious impact on your future.
First of all, you may be able to protect yourself from false allegations by avoiding all types of physical contact with all students. Show praise or encouragement verbally so that the risk of it being misinterpreted is much lower.
You should only communicate with students about official school businesses at school or other school-related venues. Avoid contacting students using social media accounts or your personal phone, and make sure students don’t have access to your personal information.
Never put yourself in a situation where you are alone with a student. Make sure another teacher is present for any meeting or activity. Accusations can happen at any time, you need to immediately document and report threats made by students.
What to Do When Allegations are Made
If taking these precautions did not work and you are accused of child molestation, you need to act immediately. Do not wait until charges are filed because your entire future is at stake.
Consult with an experienced attorney right away. Do not make any statements to police or school officials regarding the matter without first consulting with a lawyer. If you have been accused of child molestation or inappropriate behavior, work with your attorney to gather evidence that may help you. Keep any documents or records that support your innocence, gather physical evidence that may be important, and make a list of possible witnesses.
Contact the Sex Crimes Defense Attorneys at Wallin & Klarich
If you are facing child molestation charges, you need a defense attorney who has experience helping clients face these charges. Wallin & Klarich is a member of the CTA (California Teacher’s Association) legal defense team, and we have represented teachers facing criminal charges for more than 30 years. We have successfully defended teachers for many years and we know what it will take to win your case.
With offices in Los Angeles, Orange County, Riverside, San Diego, San Bernardino, Sherman Oaks, Torrance, Ventura, Victorville, and West Covina you can find a dedicated Wallin & Klarich attorney no matter where you are.
Call us now at (877) 4-NO-JAIL or (877) 466-5245 for a free phone consultation. We will be there when you call.