Lamont School District facing molestation case

Posted at 8:45 AM, Jun 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-01 20:42:17-04

The Lamont Elementary School District was be named in a lawsuit Wednesday morning, stemming from allegations that a former employee inappropriately touched students.

According to attorney Daniel Rodriguez, two girls claim they were molested by Jonathan Avalos, a computer lab technician for Lamont School District who resigned in 2014.

Avalos had worked at Mountain View before moving to Lamont Elementary.

It is there that both girls allege Avalos molested them as seven-year-old second graders.

Rodriguez said one of the girls alleges Avalos molested her from second grade through fourth grade. In fourth grade, the girl attended Myrtle Avenue school and Avalos was transferred to that school the same year.

That girl came forward in 2014 and the school district informed law enforcement, leading to an investigation and Avalos' resignation.

Today's lawsuit is for a second girl who also alleges that Avalos molested her in 2012 as a second grader. Rodriguez said the girl alleges that Avalos would put the girl on his lap and fondle her.

When the girl went to school administration, Rodriguez said they called her a liar. The girl also alleges that Avalos called her a liar in front of the class.

Lamont School District issued this statement today:

This morning a local attorney filed a lawsuit against the Lamont Elementary School District regarding a former classified employee charged with inappropriate conduct with a minor in an after-school program.

The incident happened over two years ago. As soon as the district was made aware of the allegations the employee was immediately placed on leave and ultimately resigned. The district place the safety of students as our highest priority and we have cooperated fully with law enforcement since this incident came to light.

Due to the confidential nature of personnel actions we are unable to provide further comment. 

The district attorney's office says they reviewed the case against Avalos in 2014, but their was insuffient evidence so they rejected the case.