Teacher Claimed Constitutional Rights Violated When Arresting Police Officers Failed to Adequately Question Credibility of Special Needs Student Who Asserted Teacher Sexually Fondled Him

Forest v. Pawtucket Police Dep't, 377 F.3d 52 (1st Cir. 2004)

In Rhode Island, a high school special education teacher was arrested for the alleged sexual assault of a 15-year-old male student during class. On the day of the purported incident, the student had gone to the principal's office and claimed that the teacher had touched him in a sexual manner during class. That evening the student and his mother went to the local police department and filed a complaint against the teacher. Police officers interviewed and reinterviewed the student and his mother, as well as the school principal, who confirmed that the student had come to his office with his complaint...

Found in DMHL Volume 24 Issue 2