Alton mother's case over teacher's alleged sexual abuse in court

Amelia Flood Nov. 18, 2009, 3:00am


A case management conference is set Wednesday in a suit brought by an un-named mother on behalf of her 16-year old daughter who allegedly performed sex acts with her Alton teacher.

The conference is set for 9 a.m. on Nov. 25.

Madison County Circuit Judge Daniel Stack is presiding.

According to the complaint, "Jane Doe" seeks damages on behalf of her 16 year-old daughter, who is unnamed in the suit. Jane Doe seeks damages of more than $100,000 and costs.

Jane Doe alleges that teacher Matthew Lang, a 36 year-old music teacher at Alton High School, engaged in sex acts with her underage daughter from February to August of this year.

The Madison County Sheriff's Office charged Lang on Aug. 13 with sexual assault for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a student.

The complaint names the Alton Board of Education, and the Alton Community Unit School District #11 as defendants. Jane Doe claims that she discussed the matter with the principal of Alton High School who promised to take action to protect her daughter and to investigate.

Jane Doe argues that the defendants failed to properly investigate Lang's background, failed to properly screen Lang before he was hired, and failed to prevent contacts between him and her daughter after the complaints began.

Jane Doe further contends that the school district retained Lang too long after the incidents came to light. She claims the events caused her daughter emotional pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of a normal life and other charges.

Jane Doe is represented by Thomas Falb of Alton.

The board of education and the school district are represented by Dennis Weedman.

The case is Madison case number 09-L-886.

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