Richard Alexander Turner, an athletic trainer who has worked at multiple Los Angeles area high schools, has been charged with sexually assaulting at least 10 female students. The attacks allegedly occurred between 2017 and 2022 at Van Nuys High School and Birmingham Community Charter High School. He is facing charges of rape, sexual battery, and other sex crime offenses.
Turner’s arrest was made recently and a day after a student came forward with accusations of sexual assault. Police investigators asked others to come forward with reports of abuse, and so far, nine other students have decided to speak up. Any other students who have been sexually abused by Turner are encouraged to do the same, so the full scope of his alleged crimes can be assessed.
According to each of the ten reports, Turner sexually abused his victims when they came to him for sport injury treatments. A few said that he violently assaulted them, whereas others said that they had been coerced into thinking that they hadn’t been assaulted at all.
Of note, an original accusation against Turner occurred in 2017. At the time, law enforcement argued that there was not enough sufficient evidence to make an arrest. However, it is believed that the Los Angeles United School District (LAUSD) may have become aware of the accusation then. If it did, then it would go to say that LAUSD knew that Turner could have been assaulting students for years yet allowed him to continue his tenure there. If proven true, then LAUSD could be liable for enabling or harboring Turner.
(For more information about the charges filed against Turner related to alleged acts of sexual assault in two Los Angeles area high schools, you can click here to view a full article from Yahoo! News.)
What Can Turner’s Victims Do Now?
Students who have been sexually abused by Richard Turner should consider taking action in two forms now: contact the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and a sexual assault attorney. To notify the LAPD about the abuse, the department’s non-emergency line should be used: 877-ASK-LAPD (275-5273).
To talk to an attorney about what happened, students can dial (833) 456-3529 and connect with KMD Law. We are a legal leader for lawsuits filed against sexual predators and the institutions that protect or enabled them, such as school districts, churches, day spas, the Hollywood entertainment industry, and much more.
If you were assaulted by Turner or another education professional, then the school district that employed them could owe you justice and fair compensation for your injuries and traumatization. Our sexual assault attorneys know how to represent victims of abuse and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) with tenacity and discretion. All attorney-client interactions are kept confidential.
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