Five people have filed a class action lawsuit against former Shelby County teacher Daniel Acker, Jr. and the Shelby County School Board. The 40-page claim was filed on Friday in federal court. The lawsuit details sexual abuse claims made by five people.
Acker pleaded guilty last year to sexually abusing half a dozen girls while teaching in the Shelby County School System. One of victims says Acker fondled her in 1991 when he was her 4th grade teacher. The Shelby County Grand Jury did not indict Acker. Despite the allegations, the Shelby County School Board allowed Acker to remain in the classroom. Over the next two decades, Acker told authorities that he abused multiple female students after the original 1991 complaint.
Most recently Acker was employed as a bus driver.
"Among other failures, Acker was allowed to be in situations where he was alone in the classroom, school sponsored events, and school bus with Plaintiffs, and the School Board failed to monitor Acker's interactions with students despite knowing of the allegations raised by Hurt (Lopez) and others in the DHR's finding of reason to suspect child abuse," the lawsuit stated.
In the suit, the women blame the Shelby County School Board for allowing Acker to remain in the classroom, despite seeing a report by the Department of Human Resources that concluded that Acker abused Lopez in 1991 and that he was a risk to children.
The class action claim is calling for monetary damages from Acker, the School Board and former and current School Board members.
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