GARDEN CITY, MI – In a federal civil lawsuit filed by two families, a school vision specialist is accused of sexually abusing two 8-year-old, legally blind girls, including putting his penis in their hands, The Associated Press reports.
The lawsuit filed Monday names Garden City and Livonia schools, the specialist and officials from both districts, AP reports. No criminal charges have been filed related to the incidents that allegedly happened in 2018 and 2019; in one case there was insufficient evidence to file charges, the second investigation is ongoing, according to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office.
Both girls were students at Garden City’s Douglas Elementary when the incidents occurred; the district contracted with Livonia for the specialist to work with them on mobility and orientation, AP reports. They are both visually impaired and considered legally blind.
According to the lawsuit, three separate molestations occurred when the specialist was alone with each girl in a windowless room with the door closed. During 2018, he allegedly fondled the chest of one of the girls. In a second incident with that child, he allegedly blocked her already impaired vision with occluders and then placed his penis in her hand, AP reports. In 2019, he was allegedly with the other girl in the same room, again used occluders and then placed his penis in her hand and around her mouth. Both girls told him they were uncomfortable and removed the occluders as he zipped his pants.
Garden City ended its contract for the specialist’s services, but he is still listed as an employee with Livonia schools, according to a lawyer for the plaintiffs.