Watch Nicodemo And Wilson attorneys argue case in Ohio Supreme Court
Canton Ohio Attorney Brian R. Wilson argues a case in The Ohio Supreme Court on behalf of schoolchildren molested by a volunteer working at an elementary school.
Facts: A convicted child molester approached an elementary school and was given permission by the school district to start a "chess club." No background check of any type was performed. The coach eventually molested students in the club, and we sued the school district for negligently allowing a pedophile to have direct access to schoolchildren. The case was thrown out on grounds of "immunity," meaning that schools were immune from liability for the molestations.
We appealed the case to The Ohio Supreme Court. One month after the case was argued in the video above, The Court dismissed the case without any opinion or reason given. Case over.
It remains the law of Ohio today that schools have no liability when they negligently allow sexual predators to have direct contact with, and who eventually molest, schoolchildren. It is a shining example of grossly unfair immunity laws that give legal shelter to entities like schools when they let their guard down and fail to protect their most precious resource: our children. Laws like this raise an important question: How many more children are going to be molested or harmed until things change?