Suit claims sexual assault by elementary student

June 14, 1994

The mother of a Glen Burnie elementary school student sued the county school system for $800,000 yesterday, claiming that her daughter had been sexually assaulted at school by another student.

The suit, filed in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court by a plaintiff identified only as Joyce M., alleges that a girl at Richard Henry Lee Elementary School assaulted her daughter several times during the 1992-'93 school year.

The suit alleges that on Nov. 4, 1992, another student touched the plaintiff's daughter in "intimate areas" and "attempted to solicit sexual favors" during school hours and on school property.

The incident was reported to school officials, who promised the girl's mother that the offender would be supervised and kept away from their daughter, according to the suit.

But the girl was assaulted again "on more than one occasion" and the other incidents were brought to the attention of police and school authorities about three months later. the suit claims.

Filed by Paul D. Bekman, a Baltimore lawyer, the suit does not give the ages of the children, nor does it provide additional details of the incidents other than to allege that school officials were negligent in allowing them to occur "during school hours and on school property."

Mr. Bekman was unavailable yesterday.

Jane Doyle, a schools spokeswoman, declined to comment and referred questions yesterday to the county law office.

County Attorney Judson P. Garrett Jr. also declined to comment, saying that he had not seen the suit.

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