Ohio Lawyer Investigating Predatory Teachers

Robenalt Law is investigating claims of sexual battery, sexual assault, and sexual harassment against predatory teachers, employers, and others who hold positions of power.

Specifically, we are investigating claims against Columbus teachers Lawrence Dibble, who taught at the Wellington School, and Matthew Rausenberg, a former second- and third-grade teacher at Olentangy Local Schools. As an NBC News affiliate reported, Rausenberg was “found guilty of 41 counts of gross sexual imposition, kidnapping and pandering obscene material” and sentenced to 106 years in prison in January 2016.

Former students accused him of:

  • Having them sit on his lap, hold his hands, and give him back massages
  • Touching them
  • Favoring female students
  • Talking with girls about personal issues
  • Taking cell phone photos

"Then there was this marriage ceremony when he married two little girls in the class,” one parent told 10 Investigates.

Dibble, as dispatch.com reported, was accused of secretly videotaping girls as they undressed and sentenced to four years in prison on voyeurism charges in August 2014.

Sexual harassment and sexual assault claims should be filed within one year of the last physical contact and/or harassment. However, in cases brought by childhood victims of sexual assault and battery or any offensive touching, Ohio Revised Code (ORC) states that children under age 18 and their family can file a claim up to 12 years after the child turns 18. Specifically, Ohio Revised Code (ORC) Section 2305.111(C) states as follows:

(C) An action for assault or battery brought by a victim of childhood sexual abuse based on childhood sexual abuse, or an action brought by a victim of childhood sexual abuse asserting any claim resulting from childhood sexual abuse, shall be brought within twelve years after the cause of action accrues. For purposes of this section, a cause of action for assault or battery based on childhood sexual abuse, or a cause of action for a claim resulting from childhood sexual abuse, accrues upon the date on which the victim reaches the age of majority. If the defendant in an action brought by a victim of childhood sexual abuse asserting a claim resulting from childhood sexual abuse that occurs on or after the effective date of this act has fraudulently concealed from the plaintiff facts that form the basis of the claim, the running of the limitations period with regard to that claim is tolled until the time when the plaintiff discovers or in the exercise of due diligence should have discovered those facts.

We are also investigating claims of abuse and harassment by employers, managers and others in the work place.

If you or someone you love has been the victim of sexual assault, sexual battery, or sexual harassment by someone who holds a position of power, whether it’s a teacher, an employer, or someone in the workplace, call Ohio attorney Tom Robenalt at the Robenalt Law Firm for help at 216-223-7535. You can also email trobenalt@robenaltlaw.com or contact us via our online form.

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