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San Jose School District Sued For Alleged Sexual Assaults By Music Teacher

Mike Colgan
January 28, 2019 - 9:58 pm

SAN JOSE — A lawsuit filed on Monday alleged that a teenaged girl was sexually assaulted by a former music teacher in the Union School District and that administration officials improperly handled complaints from parents. 

The suit, filed Monday, alleges that Samuel Neipp abused the student for three years at Darmouth Middle School beginning when she was 13. 

Neipp worked for eight years at the school and the suit claims that he abused an unknown number of other students. 

Attorney Bob Allard said that the district failed to take action despite repeated complaints from parents.

"The molestations took place on school grounds and in his office behind a locked door," said Allard at a press conference on Monday. "Neipp was texting excessively with middle-school girls at all hours of the day and night on matters which in no way were related to schoolwork."

The lawsuit reportedly demands that the district ban teachers from contacting students on cellphones and social media. It also said the district should eliminate locks on teachers' offices and necessitate that teachers get approval for one-on-one meetings with students. 

Neipp got a promotion "while he continued to sexually prey on multiple students," Allard said. 

The district said in a statement that they are cooperating with police, but cannot comment during the ongoing investigation. 

Neipp, who was arrested in October 2017, could be sentenced to 278 years in prison if convicted on all charges. He's been charged with 43 child molestation counts from alleged incidents involving two girls going back to 2010, according to the Mercury News