Federal lawsuit filed against teacher, CCSD

By Caroline Bleakley | cbleakley@8newsnow.com

Published 02/10 2016 11:05AM

Updated 02/10 2016 09:55PM

A federal lawsuit has been filed against the Clark County School District for failing to warn parents about a teacher's history of suspected sex abuse.

Jeremiah Mazo, a music teacher at Hayden Elementary, is also being sued by the parents of the two alleged victims. Mazo was arrested in April 2015 on 32 counts of child molestation. He pleaded guilty to lesser charges and was sentenced to 60 years in prison.

The parents filed the lawsuit against the district and Mazo after learning that Mazo, who taught at Simmons Elementary School in 2008, was arrested by North Las Vegas Police for allegedly molesting students. That case was dismissed due to lack of evidence.

The parents of the alleged victims believe the district had the duty to warn them and other parents of Mazo's past and by not doing so caused injury to their children and them.

“One of these young students he was taking into a closet, in the school, on a regular basis; now for the school district to suggest they had no notice -- they had no idea this would go on is Ludacris,” said Robert Eglet, Senior Partner at Eglet Prince.  “They completely and utterly failed in the responsibility to protect these children.

8 News NOW reached out to CCSD for a statement, but the district said it doesn't comment on pending litigation.



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