Victims of former Shelby County teacher and bus driver Daniel Acker, Jr. filed a brief asking a federal judge to grant Class Action status to their lawsuit against Acker and the Shelby County School Board.
In a brief filed on Oct. 15 in U.S. District Court, five plaintiffs requested the judge open the case to "Any current or former female student during the time period that Dan Acker (Jr.) worked for (the) Shelby County School Board who was either injured, sexually harassed, abused or molested by Dan Acker (Jr.), or who witnessed such conduct or who was exposed to a sexually hostile education environment through Acker's conduct."
If the case is granted class action status, all individuals fitting the description above would be able to join as plaintiffs in the civil lawsuit, which was brought against Acker and the Shelby County Board of Education in February.
The motion cites Acker's confession to Alabaster Police Department investigator Grant Humphries on January 4, 2012.
According to court documents obtained by FOX6, attorneys for Acker's victims say based on the number of female students Acker taught and those that rode on the school buses he drove, "there are potentially hundreds of plaintiffs, and likely more than forty (40)."
The suit claims the "defendants failed to meet their obligations to protect Shelby County's county school children."
The mother of one of Acker's victims reported the abuse 1991. Acker was placed on leave from Creek View Elementary. A grand jury did not indict him on the charge.
Norma Rogers, then the Shelby County Schools superintendent, recommended Acker not be reinstated as a teacher after the grand jury hearing, the lawsuit claims. The School Board, which then included Lee Doebler and Steve Martin, voted to reinstate Acker in 1993, according to the lawsuit.
Acker was sentenced to 17 years in prison in May 2012 after he pleaded guilty to eight counts of sexually abusing underage girls. At least one of the girls he pleaded guilty to abusing is a plaintiff in the civil case against Acker and the Shelby County School Board of Education.
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