An Oregon teenager sexually abused by a high school teacher has sought millions of dollars in a lawsuit against the school that employed the teacher.
The complaint filed Tuesday on behalf of the 19-year-old woman asserts Western Mennonite School administrators hired Matthew Yoder despite a previous accusation of sexual abuse and continued to employ him amid concerns about his behavior with female students.
Yoder, 32, was arrested in 2012. He pleaded guilty last year to three counts of sexual abuse and was sentenced to two years and eight months in prison. The state Department of Corrections says his earliest release date is in June 2016.
“This case will show that even organizations with strong commitment to pacifism can have a blind spot for sexual violence and exploitation of children,” said Stephen Crew, a member of the law firm representing the young woman identified in the lawsuit as “M.L.”…