Attorneys filed a lawsuit Friday against a Juvenile Hall corrections officer accused of sexually abusing a girl at the facility.
It marks the second time a lawsuit has been filed against George Anderson on behalf of a teen allegedly abused at Juvenile Hall, attorneys at Chain Cohn Stiles and the Law Office of Thomas C. Seabaugh said in a news release.
It’s also the third case the same attorneys have filed against a corrections officer at the facility.
“The fact that we have three girls over the course of six months, who have come forward to report sexual abuse by corrections officers, points to systemic problems at Juvenile Hall, and not just a few bad apples,” Chain Cohn Stiles attorney Neil Gehlawat said in the release.
The Kern County Probation Department, which oversees Juvenile Hall, released a statement Friday saying Anderson, hired in 1999, was placed on administrative leave in February 2015 after the department became aware of the allegations against him.
An internal investigation is ongoing.
“The department has a strict no-tolerance policy regarding any sort of inappropriate behavior between employees and youth housed in our facilities,” the statement reads.
According to the latest lawsuit, Anderson viewed the plaintiff while she showered and used the toilet, suggested she leave her boyfriend for him and eventually propositioned her for sex.
The plaintiff reported Anderson’s alleged actions to her parents and a counselor, prompting an investigation.
The lawsuit alleges the abuse occurred after the plaintiff arrived at Juvenile Hall on Jan. 19, 2015. She spoke with a counselor about Anderson on Feb. 6, 2015.
The victim alleges Anderson violated her rights under the U.S. Constitution and California law.
In addition to seeking damages, she alleges she was failed by the “deficient oversight, training, and practices at Kern’s juvenile hall, which provided the perpetrator with opportunities that he was able to exploit,” the release said.
Another teen at the facility, in a second lawsuit previously filed against Anderson, alleges the officer committed sex acts with her.
And Chain Cohn Stiles attorneys have also filed a lawsuit against Juvenile Hall corrections officer Cesar Navejar, accusing him of sexually assaulting a teen girl at the facility.
Navejar is on administrative leave.
Gehlawat said the two previously filed lawsuits are scheduled for trial in the summer of 2017.