A Wilmington Area High School is reeling after two separate accusations on sexual assault in the high school’s music department. Recently the school’s music director, Jonathan Priano, was charged with a multitude of crimes. That being; 10 counts of institutional sexual assault, two counts of unlawful contact with a minor, 12 counts of the corruption of minors and finally two counts of endangering the welfare of children. Priano will face a jury trial in these charges against him at the end of June. Unfortunately for the high school, and the minors within it, the successor of Priano finds herself also accused of sexual assault related charges.
Olivia Lois Ortiz has just been charged with two counts of intercourse/sexual contact with a student, in addition to one count of unlawful contact with a minor and criminal use of a communication facility. Ortiz’s husband initially reported the unlawful conduct to Childline and the police. Although Ortiz was initially only suspended for the accusations, she was subsequently fired. Ortiz even attempted to stay in contact with the minor she had an alleged relationship with. Although no trial date has been set for Ortiz, she will soon see her day in court.
Our law firm handles cases of sexual assault. In cases like these, where a school board has failed its students, by repeatedly hiring predators, a lawsuit can hold proper parties accountable. Although a civil litigation cannot hold reasonable parties criminally accountable, a civil suit allows for client advocacy and financial compensation for survivors. If you or a loved one has been a victim of sexual assault, please call our offices so we may help you today!