Class Action status sought in lawsuit against Daniel Acker, Jr. | News
SHELBY COUNTY, AL (WBRC)- Victims
of former Shelby County teacher and bus driver Daniel Acker, Jr. filed a brief
asking a federal judge to grant Class Action status to their lawsuit against
Acker and the Shelby County School Board.
In a brief filed on Oct. 15 in
U.S. District Court, five plaintiffs requested the judge open the case to
"Any current or former female student during the time period that Dan
Acker (Jr.) worked for (the) Shelby County School Board who was either injured,
sexually harassed, abused or molested by Dan Acker (Jr.), or who witnessed such
conduct or who was exposed to a sexually hostile education environment through
case is granted class action status, all individuals fitting the description
above would be able to join as plaintiffs in the civil lawsuit, which was
brought against Acker and the Shelby County Board of Education in February.
motion cites Acker's confession to Alabaster Police Department investigator
Grant Humphries on January 4, 2012.
to court documents obtained by FOX6, attorneys for Acker's victims say based on
the number of female students Acker taught and those that rode on the school
buses he drove, "there are potentially hundreds of plaintiffs, and likely
more than forty (40)."
claims the "defendants failed to meet their obligations to protect Shelby
County's county school children."
mother of one of Acker's victims reported the abuse 1991. Acker was placed on
leave from Creek View Elementary. A grand jury did not indict him on the
Rogers, then the Shelby County Schools superintendent, recommended Acker not be
reinstated as a teacher after the grand jury hearing, the lawsuit claims. The
School Board, which then included Lee Doebler and Steve Martin, voted to
reinstate Acker in 1993, according to the lawsuit.
was sentenced to 17 years in prison in May 2012 after he pleaded guilty to
eight counts of sexually abusing underage girls. At least one of the
girls he pleaded guilty to abusing is a plaintiff in the civil case against
Acker and the Shelby County School Board of Education.
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