MORGANTOWN - A Monongalia County woman has filed a suit against the county board of education, claiming two teachers in charge of her school's show choir sexually assaulted her when she was a student.
Kristin Brooke Vance filed the suit Nov. 28 in Monongalia Circuit Court.
According to the suit, the board hired two teachers, Thomas J. Clark and Bryan K. Martin. Clark taught music at Morgantown High School and was director of the school's show choir. Martin taught music at Clay Battelle High School and assisted with the choir.
Through their roles at the school, Clark and Martin interacted with countless male and female children, the suit says.
"Clark and Martin were sexual predators with a lustful disposition towards children," the suit says. "As a minor female student at Morgantown High School, Kristin Brooke Vance was repeatedly sexually abused, molested, fondled and assaulted by her teachers, Clark and Martin."
Vance claims that her teachers used their position with the board to force, manipulate, coerce and threaten children to engage in kissing, petting, fondling, fellatio, sodomy and other sexual acts, the suit says.
According to the suit, the Board of Education had reasonable cause to suspect that Clark and Martin were abusing a child, but the suspected abuse was not reported. Vance claims she was caused significant injury and damage, both physical and psychological.
She also suffered medical bills, loss of future income and scholarship benefits, loss of enjoyment of life, humiliation, embarrassment and shame.
Vance seeks compensatory and punitive damages.
Attorney Wesley W. Metheney is representing Vance.
Monongalia Circuit Court case number 07-C-782