Doe v. Episcopal School of Dallas
Sexual Abuse of a Child by a Teacher
In 2009, a police officer discovered Nathan Campbell, a teacher at the Episcopal School of Dallas (ESD) and one of his female students—known in the case as Jane Doe—alone in a parked car. Officials at the exclusive, private Dallas school and the girl’s parents soon learned that Campbell had involved her in a sexual relationship.
Initially, ESD officials promised the student that she would not be held responsible and that her privacy would be protected. But a few weeks later, school officials met with the girl’s father and gave him an ultimatum: Either withdraw his daughter from the school voluntarily or have her expelled, an event that would have remained on her school record permanently.
In Sept. 2011, a Dallas County jury returned a verdict against ESD for wrongly expelling Jane Doe. The verdict included both compensatory and punitive damages, which jurors assessed after finding that the school had been grossly negligent in handling the situation. Following the verdict, ESD’s school board chairman and vice-chairman left, as did other school officials including the founding headmaster, the chief academic officer, and the chief financial officer—in short, the top three managers at the school.
Representation from Our Dallas Trial Lawyers at Aldous \ Walker
According to Texas Lawyer newspaper, the verdict was the second largest negligence verdict in Texas in 2011 and among the Top 25 verdicts in the state, for the same year. Our team of Dallas trial lawyers at Aldous \ Walker was proud to be part of this case, protecting the innocence of the child and ensuring those responsible for attempting to silence her were brought to justice.