A lawsuit was filed in Dallas County Court this week claiming the Aaron Family Jewish Community Center did nothing to prevent a teenage girl from being raped by one of its employees, the Dallas Morning News reported.
Randy Lee Adrian, the employee in question, was fired from the center in 2016, the same year he was arrested and charged with sexually assault the girl. He pleaded guilty in 2018 to two charges of sexual assault that were reduced to indecency with a child and sentenced to two years in prison, the Morning News reported.
The lawsuit claims staff at the center, located at 7900 Northaven Road, ignored repeated reports by community center employees that Adrian acted inappropriately toward at least five girls who worked at the center.
Adrian had been hired by the center to clean exercise equipment and towels. Although he was not a licensed trainer, he assisted the plaintiff in her workouts. He eventually threatened, assaulted and raped the victim both at the center and offsite over a period of months, the lawsuit claims.
“What happened to our client is appalling and could have been prevented had the Jewish Community Center not turned a blind eye,” the victim’s attorney Charla Aldous wrote in a statement.
The lawsuit asks for damages incurred by the victim due to the center’s alleged mishandling of the situation. The victim and her family have asked for a jury trial.
The victim’s mother filed a similar suit in 2017 but withdrew it as she waited for the outcome of Adrian’s criminal cases, the Morning News reported.
The Jewish Community Center vowed to fight this lawsuit in court.
“A recently-filed lawsuit against the JCC … is an attempt to impose civil liability on the JCC for conduct of a former, part-time employee,” read a statement from the center. “He left the JCC’s employ in early 2016. With respect to this matter, the JCC acted reasonably. We therefore intent to vigorously contest this matter in court.”
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