Sean Marquez (Full Name: Sean Dalton Marquez), Former Employee At The Kendall Center in Modesto Charged With Sexually Abusing Autistic Children
MODESTO, CALIFORNIA (November 25, 2023) – A former employee at the Kendall Center in Modesto identified as Sean Marquez is facing charges related to child sexual abuse.
Stanislaus County officials are saying that the defendant was arraigned on November 14 in Stanislaus Superior Court. Sean Marquez has been charged with lewd acts on a child under 14.
The Kendall Center provides behavioral therapy for children with autism. Parents whose children go to the center are concerned that there may be additional victims.
Many of the children who attend the Kendall Center are not able to speak. Sean Marquez is currently being held at the Stanislaus County jail with a bail set at $150,000.
A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.
Liability For Modesto Child Sexual Abuse
Sexual abuse among school aged children remains alarmingly common. Young girls are disproportionately impacted. According to RAINN, “One in 9 girls and 1 in 20 boys under the age of 18 experience sexual abuse or assault. 82% of all victims under 18 are female. Females ages 16-19 are 4 times more likely than the general population to be victims of rape, attempted rape, or sexual assault.” Children with disabilities are nearly three times more likely to be the victims of sexual abuse. There are a number of steps that schools and learning centers should take to prevent child sexual abuse.
- Schools should thoroughly vet all teachers and employees.
- Schools should have clear guidelines on appropriate conduct between teachers and students.
- Schools should have mechanisms whereby suspicious behavior can quickly be reported.
- Schools should investigate all suspected instances of sexual misconduct.
It is illegal for school teachers to have any type of romantic relationship or interactions with minor students. Pursuant to California Penal Code 288, it is a crime for a person to commit any lewd or lascivious act on a child under 16 years of age. This includes touching a child’s body for sexual purposes. A school could also face civil liability for any instance of sexual abuse. Schools have a legal obligation to properly monitor the students in their care and to enforce all rules and regulations necessary for their protection. There are many steps that should be taken after any suspected instance of teacher sexual abuse.
- Messages between the teacher and the student should be kept.
- Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
- Surveillance footage should be sought.
- A thorough investigation should be conducted.
By the time any school employee is arrested for child sexual abuse, there were often dozens of red flags that were missed. Unfortunately, child sexual abuse almost never happens in isolation. It is common for perpetrators to have numerous if not dozens of victims. It is important for parents in these situations to understand that they do have rights. The family of any child who was sexually abused at a school or learning center may have legal recourse through a civil claim.
Getting Legal Help After Modesto Child Sexual Abuse
We at the Carrillo Law Firm, LLP extend our best wishes to all of the children and families who may have been harmed by the actions of Sean Marquez. The crimes alleged by prosecutors are heinous and unconscionable. It is deeply disturbing that the Kendall Center may have allowed a predator in its ranks. There needs to be a thorough investigation into the true scope and scale of what happened.
Have you or someone that you care about been sexually abused by an educator in Modesto? Our team of child sexual abuse attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We are committed to helping victims of sexual abuse and holding schools accountable for their negligence. In fact, our law firm has consistently obtained record breaking settlements and verdicts for victims of child sexual abuse. There is a reason so many families have trusted us to help them in their time of need. We focus on winning and getting our clients justice above all else. Whether you just have legal questions or are thinking about hiring an attorney we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at 626-799-9375.