LOGAN – A unnamed woman is suing the Logan County Board of Education after she claims she was sexually harassed and abused by a teacher.
John Thomas Cain, an employee of the board, was also named as a defendant in the suit.
Jane Doe was a minor at all relevant times to the complaint and was a female student in a carpentry class taught by Cain at the Ralph R. Willis Vocational School at Three Mile Curve in Logan, according to a complaint filed Sept. 22 in Logan Circuit Court.
Doe claims between Aug. 1, 2014, and May 15, 2015, Cain taught the class that was attended by several high school boys and wherein she was the only girl.
During the time that she was in the carpentry class, Cain made inappropriate comments about Doe’s appearance and repeated sexual advances toward her for the purpose of eliciting sexual conduct, according to the suit.
Doe claims in October 2014, Can messaged her be e-mail while she was receiving psychological treatment at Highland Hospital for the purpose of initiating contact with her and developing feelings of trust that he had her well-being in mind.
In November or December 2014, while alone with Doe in his classroom, Cain pulled up her shirt, exposing her breasts, stating that he “just wanted to see them,” according to the suit.
Doe claims in January or February 2015, he forcefully initiated oral sex with Doe by having her place her mouth on his penis until he ejaculated and Doe resisted and ultimately vomited from the incident.
After that encounter, Doe missed school at every opportunity that she had in order to avoid a duplicate incident due to the increasing aggressiveness of Cain’s sexual advances, according to the suit.
In March or April 2015, while in Cain’s office, Doe was subjected to him placing his hand over her mouth and fondling her vagina, according to the suit. When another student, known as Shelby, walked by, Cain stopped, allowing Doe to escape.
From August 2014 until May 2015, Cain showed Doe pictures of his genitalia and requested she send him photographs of herself partially clothed or fully nude, according to the suit.
Doe claims when she halted his advancements, Cain threatened her. Upon information and belief, Cain was sentenced to ten to 20 years and two to ten years for his illegal and criminal conduct against her.
The sexual abuse and sexual harassment caused Doe harm and damages and the county board was negligent in hiring, supervising and retaining Cain as a teacher at the vocational school, according to the suit.
Doe claims the defendants breached their fiduciary duty when the board failed to provide a safe environment for her to pursue her education.
Doe is seeking compensatory and punitive damages. She is being represented by Steven S. Wolfe and J. Christopher White of Wolfe, White & Associates.
Logan Circuit Court case number: 16-C-195