Three teenagers have already admitted to authorities they sexually assaulted a girl at a northern California party. The girl wound up committing suicide several days later. Now, one of those three has reached a settlement in a wrongful death lawsuit that was filed by her parents.
The incident in question occurred in 2012, when the 15-year-old girl fell asleep at the party after she drank Gatorade that had been laced with alcohol. When she woke up, her pants were off and there were lewd comments written all over her body. According to her family, the girl hanged herself several days later after she discovered that people at the party had taken cell phone pictures of her and shared them among their friends.
Three teenage boys who were at the party were prosecuted in juvenile proceedings and sentenced to a month in juvenile hall. Two continue to attend the same high school, while one transferred to a different school about an hour away. The parents were unsatisfied with the disciplinary action taken in the case, and filed a wrongful death suit against the three boys to hold them more accountable for the actions.
The parents decided to settle with the one boy because he told the truth about what happened and seemed to show remorse. However, they say that the other two boys have done neither of those things, and will continue to seek litigation against them. The parents have also attempted to get a law passed in California that would lead to harsher penalties for juvenile sex offenders that engage in cyber bullying.
If you believe that the death of your loved one was due to someone else’s actions or negligence, you may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit with the assistance of the San Diego attorneys at Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire.