Romanucci & Blandin files childhood sex abuse lawsuit against St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy on behalf of former student
CHICAGO (November 21, 2022) – Romanucci & Blandin, LLC announces the filing of a lawsuit alleging child sex abuse against St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy, its governing entity, and alleged abuser - an older, then-senior ranked student. The complaint details that St. John’s Academy, located in Delafield, Wisconsin, fostered a “Lord of the Flies” atmosphere among the student cadets, allowing and encouraging a prefect-style model of student self-governance while turning a blind eye to multiple known and reported on-campus incidents of physical and sexual violence between cadets.
The lawsuit, filed November 10, 2022, in the Eastern District of Wisconsin, details the alleged negligent actions of the Academy that allowed for then-minor Plaintiff John Doe to suffer repeated abuse by a fellow cadet several years ago, despite assurances to Mother and Father Doe that the Academy would provide a safe and adequately staffed environment for their son.
The complaint, alleging violations of Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, negligence, fraudulent misrepresentation, assault and battery among the nine counts, hopes to rectify long-held practices of the Academy that have and continue to have severe physical and psychological effects on its cadets.
Romanucci & Blandin Partner Martin D. Gould, Senior Attorney Jason F. Friedl and Attorney Valerie A. Letko represent the plaintiff.
“Not only did the school administration repeatedly fail to act as mandatory reporters regarding these conditions, they fostered a climate in which unlawful and unacceptable conduct was encouraged,” said Partner Martin D. Gould. “The courage of our client to come forward regarding this abuse will help protect the future classes of the Academy by forcing them to have zero tolerance when it comes to the sexual abuse of children.”
“Because of the Academy’s deliberate indifference, our client suffered severe and permanent injuries,” said Senior Attorney Jason F. Friedl. “This conduct cannot be allowed to continue, and the Academy will be held accountable for their actions.”
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