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.
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.
“Had the college acted correctly, performed an intensive investigation into Flores’ previous regarding habits, and applied applicable disciplinary measures, Kristin would probably nonetheless be alive immediately. As an alternative, our household has been left to grieve her absence for 27 agonizing years,” a household assertion stated.
The go well with additionally contends that the college did not pursue a correct and well timed investigation into Sensible’s disappearance, together with failing to seal Flores’ dorm room and permitting it to be cleaned earlier than it was lastly searched 16 days after Sensible vanished.
In an e-mail, Cal Poly spokesperson Matt Lazier stated the college had no remark as a result of “this can be a pending authorized matter.”
Nonetheless, final Might, college President Jeffrey Armstrong publicly apologized to the household for the way it dealt with the investigation into her disappearance.
“Whereas it’s a totally different administration now than was in place in 1996, we acknowledge that issues ought to had been accomplished otherwise — and I personally want that they’d,” he stated.
The household solely realized Cal Poly’s alleged negligence after that apology as a result of kin didn’t have any entry to the college’s investigative file, based on the lawsuit.
“Even now, the Sensible household nonetheless doesn’t know what data, within the possession of Cal Poly’s president, and uniquely out there to him and or Cal Poly, led him to make the apology,” the go well with stated.