February 21, 2024

Within the early Nineteen Nineties, rumors traveled by means of the halls of Pomona Excessive Faculty {that a} group of coaches had been plying younger cheerleaders and monitor stars with weed and alcohol of their places of work, and sexually abusing them on and off campus. The coaches drove them round of their automobiles, took them to events and handled them like girlfriends.

These are the accusations of eight Southern California ladies who filed lawsuits towards the Pomona Unified Faculty District and people coaches over the previous three years.  Final week, for the primary time, a jury dominated that one of many ladies deserves $35 million.

What the eight ladies say occurred again then is slowly unfolding in courtroom. To guard their privateness, all however one of many ladies are recognized in courtroom information as “Jane Doe.”

The ladies are largely of their 40s now. They graduated highschool greater than 20 years in the past. Jane Doe #4 – who was awarded the $35 million – dropped out of highschool earlier than commencement, returning greater than a decade later to get her GED.

A number of the ladies now have youngsters who’re in highschool themselves. Based on her lawyer, Jane Doe #4’s daughter has expressed curiosity in monitor and discipline, giving her mom large anxiousness.

4 extra ladies are nonetheless awaiting the decision of their instances. Three others have quietly settled.

The prolonged lawsuits filed for every of the then-students allege {that a} group of coaches dedicated rampant sexual abuse on the college within the mid-Nineteen Nineties. The coaches had been younger males, largely of their 20s and 30s.

The fits are the results of Meeting Invoice 218, which handed in 2019 and supplied a three-year window for anybody alleging they had been a sufferer of sexual abuse to file civil lawsuits and declare damages. The Archdiocese of San Francisco filed for chapter after a number of hundred lawsuits had been filed beneath the invoice.

No prison costs had been ever filed in any of the Pomona instances.

“Not coming ahead will not be uncommon, and that’s why the statute of limitations (for the civil fits) modified,” stated John Taylor, one of many attorneys representing the Jane Does. “There may be now an general consciousness and a help for survivors, and a realization that you simply don’t assault a 14 or 15-year-old lady or boy who’s groomed or sexually abused.”

The ladies’s allegations are comparable: the coaches sought the ladies out after they joined athletic packages, coaxed them to spend time alone in places of work and locker rooms, and repeatedly harassed, groped and assaulted them.

A number of the Jane Does reported bullying, each by coaches and different college students, so incessant that they left for different faculties.

Jane Doe #2 alleged in her swimsuit that when she was one of many athletes at a Las Vegas monitor and discipline meet, she was a sufferer of statutory rape – coerced into having sexual activity with Brian Crichlow, a monitor and discipline coach, in a lodge room, whereas she was compelled to observe one other coach, Kitrick Taylor, having intercourse with one among her teammates on a mattress subsequent to her.

She additionally stated that she as soon as was taken to Kitrick Taylor’s residence and coerced into having sexual activity with Crichlow.

She and her authorized group couldn’t be reached for remark.

Kitrick Taylor got here to the college after a stint as a large receiver for the NFL from 1988 to 1993. He performed for the Inexperienced Bay Packers, the San Diego Chargers, the Denver Broncos, and the New England Patriots. He’s now retired. He has no relation to lawyer John Taylor.

Whereas Kitrick Taylor is called a defendant in solely one of many instances — Jane Doe #2 — he’s talked about all through the opposite instances as a witness and an enabler.