PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A now-former student of St. Helens High School filed a federal lawsuit against the school district alleging they kept a teacher-coach on staff even though they were well aware he was sexually abusing the teenage girl.
Kyle Wroblewski is currently in an Oregon state prison after pleading guilty to 5 counts of second-degree sex abuse. He was sentenced to 50 months behind bars in August 2019, about a year after he was re-arrested for violating the terms of his release by having contact with the victim.
He was originally arrested in May 2018 and quickly posted bond.
The federal lawsuit names the St. Helens School District, Superintendent Scot Stockwell, Principals Ted Zehr and James Carlile and Guidance Counselor Heather Anderson-Bibler as defendants.
Read the full lawsuit at the bottom of this article
The teen, who graduated and is now 18, is identified in the suit as Jessica Doe. The timeframe involved covers “approximately seven months in 2017 and 2018,” her attorney Stephen Crew said in a statement.
Crew said the “evidence will show that the school knew with certainty that this teacher and coach (Kyle Wroblewski) posed a danger to female students — and they chose to prioritize the career of the teacher over the safety of students.”
Crew also said the school found Wroblewski “guilty of sexual harassment of students. But other than multiple empty warnings, the School did nothing.”
Wroblewski was placed on leave from the district when he was first arrested in May 2018.
The lawsuit seeks compensatory and punitive damages on 7 separate claims “in an amount the jury concludes is appropriate.”
The St. Helens School District said they do not comment on ongoing cases.