MEDFORD, Ore. — The Medford School District is facing a $5 million lawsuit in connection to a sex abuse case. The man filing the suit claims the school released his son to a registered sex offender, Richard Taylor.
NewsWatch12 spoke with that victim’s father last year in February, after Taylor’s sentencing. He said his the son felt sick at school. After school officials couldn’t reach him or his son’s mother, they released the boy to Taylor, but the victim’s attorney says Taylor had no relationship whatsoever to the family.
Taylor ended up sexually abusing that boy, along with another 12-year-old boy and videotaped it. The father was told since six months passed, he couldn’t pursue anything legally against the school, but the new attorney representing the victim’s father says the district didn’t follow school rules.
“From my perspective, that is one of the driving motivators is to make this known that, hey, bad things do happen when rules aren’t followed, and this is an important rule to follow,” the father said.
Taylor was sentenced in February of last year. He will spend his life in prison without the possibility of parole. Medford School Superintendent Phil Long had no comments at this time. The attorney representing the victim plans to take statements from the district and figure out exactly who released the child to Taylor.