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Lawsuit: School didn’t probe teacher accused of impropriety

July 10, 2019

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — A young woman who was abused by her physical education teacher as a middle schooler is suing in South Carolina, saying the school district hired the teacher knowing she’d been previously accused of improper behavior.

The Greenville News reports the Greenville County district responded this week, saying it can’t be blamed for a criminal act by a teacher who had passed a background check.

The lawsuit says the district didn’t properly investigate Meghan Colleen Dougherty when she was hired at Hillcrest Middle School. It says Dougherty sexually and emotionally abused the girl for years. It says Dougherty resigned in 2015 after being confronted. She was arrested and then accused of sexually assaulting the same victim after posting bail. Dougherty pleaded guilty to criminal sexual conduct with a minor in 2017.

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Information from: The Greenville News, http://www.greenvillenews.com

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