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Class action lawsuit filed against Saint Frances Academy

Posted: 6:44 PM, May 16, 2018
Updated: 2018-05-16 19:11:18-04
Class action lawsuit filed against Saint Frances Academy

A class action lawsuit has been filed against Saint Frances Academy, as fallout continues over accusations of a teacher sexually assaulting a student.

On Wednesday afternoon, the law firm of Murphy, Falcon & Murphy filed on behalf of a current student identified only as Jill Doe, as well as other current and former students who say they were sexually harassed, assaulted, abused or inappropriately touched by Ryan Penalver, a former history teacher at the private Roman Catholic high school.

Penalver was arrested Saturday on allegations of engaging in an inappropriate relationship with a minor student during the school year.

The lawsuit alleges administrators at Saint Frances Academy failed to take appropriate action on Penalver's past misconduct, specifically as it relates to a November 2017 Baltimore City District Court case that formally charged Penalver with criminal harassment.