Ex-Music Teacher Facing New Child Sex Abuse Allegation
CORAL SPRINGS (CBS4) – A new lawsuit has been filed against St. Andrew’s Catholic School in Coral Springs and the Archdiocese of Miami alleging a third child was sexually abused by the school’s former music teacher.
Miguel Cala, 37, worked at the school, located at 9950 NW 29th Terrace, for more than a decade. Cala, who is awaiting trial in Broward County, has already been criminally charged for the molestation of three of his students from St. Andrew’s including John Doe No. 72, who is filing the newest lawsuit.
According to the lawsuit filed in Miami-Dade County Court on Wednesday, John Doe No. 72 attended St. Andrew parish and school, where he came to know Cala as a teacher and director in the parish music program. The suit alleges that on various occasions in 2010, Cala sexually abused the young boy during special music lessons, even after the Archdiocese of Miami and St. Andrew’s became aware of “red flags” in Cala’s background, including a 2001 report to parish officials that Cala touched a student inappropriately.
Miami Attorney Jeffrey Herman, who represents the plaintiffs in all three lawsuits, said, “According to our lawsuit, there were opportunities for the Defendants to protect this child- and other children- from Cala, but no one did. Now this young boy and his family are experiencing a nightmare that no family should have to endure. I urge anyone with information about Miguel Cala and his alleged crimes to contact law enforcement as soon as possible to ensure that other kids are protected.”
Archdiocese of Miami spokeswoman Mary Ross Agosta said previously their schools try to provide a safe environment for their students.
“There are background checks, the training of “Touching Safety” for our children and also the Virtus training our parents receive,” said Ross Agosta. “We feel it’s a complete package to keep our children safe.”
Ross Agosta also previously said during the ten-years Cala was at Saint Andrew a red flag was never raised.
“During that period of time he had two background checks which were absolutely clear. He had gone through the Virtus training. Now because he was the music teacher at the school obviously there are some students and some parents that will want to have that music lesson continued. And so that is what we are assuming has occurred. That the parents of the child contracted him as private instructor.”