Attorneys alleging mishandling of sex abuse complaints in Redlands Unified sue another former high school teacher
By Joe Nelson
Attorneys alleging the mishandling of reports of sexual abuse by former Redlands High School teacher and convicted sex offender Kevin Patrick Kirkland have sued another former teacher, alleging he sexually abused a student.
The alleged victim, now 25, was sexually abused by former Redlands High teacher Brian Townsley in 2008 and 2009, beginning when she was 15 years old, according to the lawsuit, filed Feb. 2 in San Bernardino Superior Court. The allegations surfaced at the time Kirkland was accused of sexually abusing special needs students at the school, according to the suit.
Redlands High School math teacher and golf coach, Kevin Patrick Kirkland, arrested for allegedly having sex with student. (Courtesy photo)
The Redlands Unified School District has a “history of failing to protect students from sexual misconduct of its staff members, teachers and employees,” according to the complaint, which names as defendants Townsley, the school district, former Redlands High School Principal Christina Rivera, former district superintendent Lori Rhodes, and district human resources director Sabine Robertson-Phillips.
Redlands Unified spokeswoman MaryRone Shell said the district had not been served with the lawsuit by Thursday, Feb. 8, and therefore declined to comment. She said Townsley worked as a teacher at Redlands High School from Sept. 1, 2004 until May 14, 2008.
Townsley could not be reached for comment.
Redlands Police Department spokesman Carl Baker said the department investigated Townsley in April 2008 for suspected “annoying or molesting a minor,” a misdemeanor. The case was referred to the District Attorney’s Office, which declined to file charges, said Baker, adding that the department received no other reports on Townsley.
District Attorney’s spokesman Chris Lee said in an email Wednesday that the case was rejected due to insufficient evidence.
During police questioning in 2008, the girl denied having any sexual involvement with Townsley, contrary to what other students had told police. […]