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Callis sets deadlines in mother's case against teacher

By Christina Stueve | Jun 14, 2012


Madison County Circuit Judge Ann Callis set an Oct.1 trial date in a lawsuit filed by the mother of an Alton teen who allegedly had a sexual relationship with her music teacher.

In the June 6 case management order, Callis ordered all dispositive motions to be filed before July 2. She ordered the parties to disclose all testifying experts and witnesses by July 30. She ordered discovery to be conducted by Sept. 3.

Plaintiff Jane Doe filed the complaint against Matthew Lang, 38, and O'Fallon School District 203.

Plaintiff Jane Doe sued the O'Fallon teachers' union and the school district, claiming they withheld information about former music teacher Lang's alleged history of inappropriate relationships with his students when Alton school officials inquired about him during an employment search.

Following the inquiries, Lang was hired by Alton Community Unit School District #11 where he had the alleged sexual relationship with Jane Doe's teenage daughter Mary Doe.

Lang was later arrested and pled guilty to criminal charges in connection with the relationship.

From February to August 2009, Lang allegedly committed sexual acts upon Mary Doe, the lawsuit claims.

The plaintiff claims she suffered physical and mental injury, loss of life enjoyment and humiliation causing her to undergo medical and psychological care and incurring medical expenses for the treatment.

Mary Doe prays for compensatory damages in excess of $50,000. Jane Doe also sought damages in excess of $50,000.

The Alton school district and its officials have been dismissed from the suit.

The teachers' union previously attempted to have the suit dismissed.

The school district tried unsuccessfully to transfer the suit to St. Clair County. Callis denied that move and the appellate court declined to hear the matter.

Thomas Falb represents Doe.

James Craney and David Bub represent the O'Fallon district.

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

The case is Madison case number 09-L-886

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