CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Lawyers are filing a lawsuit against the Charleston County School District claiming that a former Burke High School teacher coerced a student to perform sex acts for better grades.
The lawsuit centers around former teacher and tennis coach Jennifer Danielle Olajire Aro who was arrested in December and charged with sexual battery with a student.
The Mark Peper law firm, who is representing the student and her mother, said the district failed to protect the student from a teacher “who coerced the student into performing repeated sexual acts.”
According to lawyers, Aro lowered the grade of the student after resisting the teacher’s continuous sexual advances.
Attorneys say on December 2017, because of the victim’s resistance to the teacher’s sexual advances, Aro changed the student’s math grade from a 98 to an 89.
The suit also states the district failed to perform an “extensive background” on Aro, and failed to properly inform or train Aro on policies including romantic relationships with students and committing sexual acts on students.
Investigators with the Charleston Police Department stated that there were three separate occasions between November and December 2017 when Aro engaged in an intimate and sexual relationship with the student who was 17-years-old at the time.
Court records state Aro took the student to her home and other locations within Charleston for the purpose of having sexual intercourse with him.
Attorneys say the student was assigned to Aro’s math class and began flirting with and encouraging the student to engage in conversations about sex with before, during and after math class.
“Aro used her age and position of authority to induce Plaintiff John Doe into believing that she was a caring, trusting, and thoughtful individual to advance her prurient sexual interest in Plaintiff John Doe,” the suit stated.
Attorneys are asking for a trial by jury.
The Charleston County School district issued a statement Friday saying that the woman is no longer employed by the district effective Jan. 22, 2018.