A student and her guardian claim that Lucia Mar Unified School District knew that its girls' wrestling coach had sexually harassed his team members.
The lawsuit, filed on Feb. 28 against Lucia Mar Unified School District and Justin Magdaleno, alleges that the district knew Magdaleno exhibited a pattern of physically abusing and harassing members of the girls' wrestling team at Nipomo High School and had sexually harassed and provided alcohol to minors at his previous place of employment.
According to the complaint, the district employed Magdaleno as a teacher at Nipomo High School in the 2012-13 academic school year and in the fall of 2013, he was also hired as the head coach of the girls' wrestling program.
The complaint states that the student, Jane Doe (the student's name is being withheld due to privacy), began her freshman year at Nipomo High School in the fall of 2016 and joined the team that same semester.
Throughout the 2016-17 academic year, the lawsuit alleges that Doe witnessed Magdaleno engage in a predatory pattern of abusing and sexually harassing the girls on the team and students in his classes.
In June 2017, the complaint states, Doe observed Magdaleno forcefully grab a female student (who was wearing a dress), reaching between her legs, lifting her up by her vaginal area, and exposing her underwear to others.
On Oct. 18, 2017 the lawsuit states that Jane Doe emailed Lucia Mar's superintendent at the time to inform her of the sexual harassment and abuse allegations against Magdaleno and the fact that no one took any steps to protect the students after concerns were brought to Lucia Mar's attention in 2016.
The complaint states that at least 10 students came forward with allegations of sexual assault and sexual harassment against Magdaleno.
After an investigation, the lawsuit alleges, the district allowed Magdaleno to resign in June 2018 and agreed not to disclose any of the allegations against him to any future prospective employers.
In the summer of 2008, Magdaleno was employed at Santa Maria Joint Union High School District as a teacher and the coach of the girls' wrestling team at Pioneer Valley High School. The lawsuit alleges that he inappropriately touched a female student during a school camping trip at Lake Nacimiento, provided her and other underage females with alcohol, and offered to flash his genitals in exchange for beer. As a result of that incident, the complaint states, Magdaleno resigned from his position at the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District in 2009.
As of March 11, none of the defendants listed on the lawsuit had filed a response in court. Δ