Attorney for mother of Alton student files for default judgment

Christina Stueve Hodges Oct. 18, 2012, 7:53am


The attorney for the mother of a former Alton student who sued O'Fallon Township High School and its former band director has filed a motion for default judgment.

Plaintiff's attorney Thomas Falb filed a motion Oct. 16, requesting default judgment be entered against defendant Matthew Lang, the former band director who is currently incarcerated after having been found guilty of criminal sexual assault and abuse charges related to the former Alton student.

A week earlier, O'Fallon Township High School settled in the same suit with Jane Doe, the mother of the student, who sued the school for allegedly withholding information about the former band director's history of inappropriate relationships with students.

A hearing is expected to be held at 9 a.m. Friday.

According to the 2009 complaint, Lang, then 36, taught at Alton Community Unit School District when he engaged in a sexual relationship with plaintiff Mary Doe, 16, then a student at Alton High School.

The lawsuit claimed the O'Fallon school district failed to inform Alton school officials about Lang's history as he sought employment at Alton High School.

Later, he was arrested in connection to his relationship with student Mary Doe of Alton in August 2009. He was found guilty on criminal sexual assault and abuse charges and was sentenced to six years in prison in August 2010.

The teachers union and the Alton High School district, former defendants in the case, had previously settled with the plaintiff.

Madison County Chief Judge Ann Callis was assigned to the case.

Thomas Falb represents Doe.

Lang did not have representation listed in the 2009 civil suit. He is an inmate at Graham Correctional Center in Hillsboro, Ill.

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

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