Teacher Arrested For Allegedly Having Sex With Student ‘During Class’ Is Being Sued By Victim’s Family
If being arrested and publicly shamed wasn’t bad enough for teacher Tara Stumph, she is now being sued by the victim’s family.
The former 36-year-old Arroyo Grande High School Stumph culinary arts teacher was arrested and charged with two felony counts of oral copulation with a person under 18 and sexual intercourse with a minor, as well as three misdemeanor counts of molesting a child. Stumph posted a $135,000 bond the day charges were filed. She pleaded not guilty to all charges, and her criminal case is ongoing.
On Tuesday, the family of the now-18-year-old male student filed a lawsuit against not only Stumph, but also sued the Lucia Mar Unified School District, Arroyo Grande High School Principal Conan Bowers and two other school staffers for negligent hiring, supervision and training, as well as intentional infliction of distress and sexual harassment.
The lawsuit alleges that the sexual relationship with a minor were ignored by administrators, allowing the teacher to victimize another student.
“The sexual abuse and exploitation of (the victim), and the circumstances under which it occurred, caused (him) to develop various psychological coping mechanisms, which reasonably made him incapable of ascertaining that Stumph’s conduct was harmful to him,” the lawsuit reads.
The lawsuit states that the teacher and student began a sexual relationship in September 2014 to December 2015, and the Daily Star reports that Stumph molested the student “during and after class,” and sent nude pictures and sexually explicit videos of herself to him.
The lawsuit alleges that Stumph instructed another teacher at the school to call the victim out of his class on her behalf when some of the alleged crimes occurred.
The lawsuit states that Stumph “cultivated” the victim’s trust over the period of several months and encouraged him to confide in her.
The lawsuit alleges that the principal of the school, a guidance counselor, and a teacher received “multiple” complaints about Stumph’s alleged conduct but failed to act.
The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.
The school district has said that she no longer works there, but it was not disclosed if she was fired.
Stumph is due back in court for her criminal case next month.