MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Charter Schools USA employees will be waiting for payroll according to an attorney that filed a motion for garnishment after the school group failed to pay a court-ordered judgment.
Herman Law reports filing the motion after Charter Schools USA chose to not pay a judgment in a child sexual abuse lawsuit which resulted payroll accounts for 3500 employees being frozen.
A judge ruled against the schools in April and awarded a verdict of $5.25 million to a boy who was sexually abused by an older student at Downtown Miami Charter School when he was seven-years-old.
Although Charter Schools USA filed an appeal and posted bond, the accounts were already frozen.
The boy and his mother sued Charter Schools USA, the parent company of the elementary school, for $25 million.
The boy, now 10, claims he was abused in the school’s bathrooms when he was seven and eight years old. On multiple occasions, an older student at the same school, forced the boy to perform sex acts on him. The boy also said the older student told him he would kill his mother if he told anyone about the abuse. The child and his mother say the school did not protect the boy from being sexually abused by the other student.
The charter school’s principal, assistant principal and others testified during the trial that the assaults could not have occurred in the way the boy described. School officials testified the restroom where the alleged assaults occurred was always monitored by a staff member during the times the child claims he was attacked, and was off-limits to the older students.