February 28, 2024
FILE – Paul Flores listens throughout his homicide trial in Monterey County Superior Court docket in Salinas, Calif., Monday, July 18, 2022. The household of California school pupil Kristin Sensible who vanished almost three a long time in the past has sued the varsity, alleging it brought about Sensible’s homicide by negligence. The go well with filed Thursday, Jan. 18, 2024, contends that California Polytechnic State College in San Luis Obispo may have prevented Sensible’s demise if it had correctly handled earlier allegations that one other pupil, Paul Flores, had stalked and harassed ladies there. (Daniel Dreifuss/Monterey County Weekly through AP, Pool, File) 

SAN LUIS OBISPO  — The household of a California school pupil who vanished almost three a long time in the past sued the varsity on Thursday, alleging it brought about Kristin Sensible’s homicide by negligence.

Sensible, then 19, disappeared from California Polytechnic State College in San Luis Obispo on the state’s scenic Central Coast over Memorial Day weekend in 1996. Her stays have by no means been discovered, however she was declared legally useless in 2002.

Paul Flores was arrested in 2021, convicted of first-degree homicide in 2022 and sentenced final yr to 25 years to life in state jail.

FILE - This undated photo released by the FBI shows Kristin Smart, the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo student who disappeared in 1996. The family of Smart who vanished nearly three decades ago has sued the school, alleging it caused Smart's murder through negligence. The suit filed Thursday, Jan. 18, 2024, contends that California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo could have prevented Smart's death if it had properly dealt with previous allegations that another student, Paul Flores, had stalked and harassed women there. (FBI via AP, File)
FILE – This undated photograph launched by the FBI reveals Kristin Sensible, the California Polytechnic State College, San Luis Obispo pupil who disappeared in 1996. The household of Sensible who vanished almost three a long time in the past has sued the varsity, alleging it brought about Sensible’s homicide by negligence. The go well with filed Thursday, Jan. 18, 2024, contends that California Polytechnic State College in San Luis Obispo may have prevented Sensible’s demise if it had correctly handled earlier allegations that one other pupil, Paul Flores, had stalked and harassed ladies there. (FBI through AP, File) 

Prosecutors say Flores killed Sensible throughout an tried rape on Might 25, 1996, in his dorm room on the college, the place they have been each first-year college students. He was the final individual seen with Sensible as he walked residence along with her from an off-campus celebration.

On Thursday, Sensible’s dad and mom, brother and sister sued the college for wrongful demise and negligence, alleging that officers may have prevented her demise if they’d correctly handled college police experiences filed by 4 different feminine college students. These college students stated Flores had stalked and harassed them within the months main as much as Sensible’s disappearance.

In a single case, Flores allegedly tried to interrupt right into a pupil’s condo, based on the lawsuit.

The experiences ought to have prompted the college to analyze, and droop or expel Flores, eradicating him from on-campus housing and sending him again residence “miles away from Kristin and the dorm room the place he murdered her,” the lawsuit stated.