Lawsuit Filed Against Lexington School District Two

1:53 PM, Jan 9, 2013   |    comments
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  • Cornelius Davis (Image: Charleston County Detention Center)

Charleston, SC (WLTX) -- A lawsuit has been filed on behalf of a Special Olympic student from Brookland Cayce High School.

A lawsuit filed in the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court alleges Lexington School District Two was negligent in protecting a Special Olympic student in a 2012 criminal sexual conduct case.

In March of 2012, News 19 reported a Brookland Cayce High School teacher had been charged with criminal sexual conduct of an underage girl who was competing in the Special Olympics.

Previous Coverage: Teacher Accused of Criminal Sexual Conduct with Underage Girl

Cornelius Davis, 29, is facing charges out of Mt. Pleasant. Davis was listed last summer on the Brookland Cayce High School website as teaching assistant. News19 learned then that he was a basketball coach with the Special Olympics in South Carolina.

Through a public court documents search in Charleston County, the criminal charges against Davis are still pending.

According to an incident report filed by Mt. Pleasant police in March, officers responded to a hotel on a call of possible criminal sexual conduct with a minor. A woman said that her daughter had had sex with her teacher, Davis, who the report says was acting as a counselor for the Special Olympics.

On December 10th 2012, a lawsuit was filed against Lexington County School District Two in the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court of Charleston County.

The lawsuit alleges that the Defendant, Lexington County School District Two, was "grossly negligent and breached their duty owed to the Plaintiff."

The lawsuit also alleges the Lexington School District Two "failed to properly supervise and chaperone the mentally disabled minor child, and "failed to properly supervise the teacher, Cornelius Davis."

The filed paperwork claims the victim in the case contracted a sexually transmitted disease as a result of the alleged criminal sexual conduct. It reads:

"(The minor child) endured physical pain and suffering, along with mental anguish, requiring the minor child's hospitalization and treatment, and caused the Plaintiff to incur charges for medical services rendered and counseling for the child, and other damages."

Lexington School District Two's attorney Jake Moore tells News19:

"We cannot comment on any lawsuit involving a student in the school district. There are privacy laws preventing us from commenting." Moore added, "we intend to defend this case vigorously."

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