City, school board sued over Bridgeport teacher’s sex assaults of student
BRIDGEPORT - A local teenager, who police said was repeatedly sexually assaulted by his special education teacher, claims local school officials negligently allowed the assaults to occur.
In a lawsuit filed in Superior Court in Bridgeport, the now 18-year-old teen, whose name is not being disclosed, claims school officials should have been aware of the inappropriate relationship between the student and his teacher, Laura Ramos, but took no action to prevent it.
City officials said they were aware of the lawsuit but could not comment on it. Ramos’ lawyer, Edward Gavin, also declined comment on the suit.
“As an attorney and parent, I am very upset at the proliferation of these incidents where students are victimized by the people who should be protecting them,” said the teen’s lawyer, Marisa Bellair. “We are looking forward to addressing these claims in a court of law.”
Last month the 32-year-old Ramos, a former teacher at Central High School, was sentenced to five years in prison after she pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting two of her students in 2016 and 2017.
The lawsuit, brought by one of the young men in the criminal case, is against Ramos, the Board of Education, Central High School Principal Eric Graf and the city of Bridgeport.
The suit states that in 2013, the teen was a freshman at Central, and Ramos was assigned as his special education teacher to assist him with his severe dyslexia.
Ramos and the teen worked together regularly during the next four years, the suit continues.
“Beginning in my junior year she (Ramos) began to shift our relationship from a teacher-student relationship to something else,” the suit states. “My mom had passed away and my dad remarried, and these events were very difficult for me, and in that vulnerable state I welcomed the attention of Ms. Ramos,”
They subsequently had sex in a parking lot, a Shelton restaurant and at a Fairfield beach.
“In school she would touch me, including in the hallway and would also sometimes touch me in an intimate way when I was in class,” the suit states.
It continues that the teen later learned Ramos was involved with another student.
“I felt betrayed and heartbroken, as I had been under the impression that she loved me,” the suit states.
It contends that Graf often visited Ramos’ work area when the teen was present and should have been aware of the relationship, but took no action to prevent it from going on or to notify other school officials.
As a result of the sexual assaults by Ramos, the suit claims, the teen has suffered and will continue to suffer mental anguish, frustration and anxiety.