BY GENA HUFF
A lawsuit filed August 3 in the circuit court of Pickens County names Pickens Academy, Pickens Academy Board of Trustees, and Brach White, Pickens Academy principal, as defendants. The suit was filed on behalf of one of the victims of Charli Jones Parker, a former teacher at Pickens Academy currently serving out a three-year imprisonment for improper sexual contact with two students under the age of 19 years.
The complaint includes negligence, wantonness, recklessness; negligent, wanton and/or reckless supervision, hiring, and training; and general negligence, wantonness, and/or recklessness.
In the suit, the plaintiff, who is identified only as E.M., states he was recruited by Parker’s husband, James (Jamie) Parker, to play basketball for Pickens Academy.
The suit claims that immediately upon his arrival at the school, the 16-year-old was targeted by the then 28-year-old Pickens Academy employee, Charli Parker, who sought an inappropriate relationship. Parker engaged in sexual intercourse and deviant sexual intercourse, including oral sex, with the Plaintiff on more than 11 occasions while he was enrolled as a student at P.A.
The suit also states inappropriate conduct occurred both on and off Pickens Academy school property. Specifically, the plaintiff would meet with Parker during his senior year in Parker’s classroom during sixth period, an open period for Parker.
At the time, the plaintiff was assigned as a student aide to Parker’s mother, also an employee of Pickens Academy, but would meet with Parker several times a week after completing his assigned tasks as an aide. Parker engaged in inappropriate sexual acts with the plaintiff during these meetings in her classroom.
It was also stated Parker engaged in inappropriate sexual conduct with the plaintiff at the Parker home, Graham Cemetery in Reform, Ala., motels, and on the property where the plaintiff resided.
The suit claims Brach White and the administration at Pickens Academy were made aware of rumors of inappropriate “sexting” between Parker and several students, including the plaintiff, as early as October 2014.
On October 21, 2014, White questioned the plaintiff and three other students in his office concerning the rumors of “sexting” with Parker. The suit states White questioned Mr. Parker following the interview but took no further investigative or corrective action.
After questioning the students, the suit states White and the defendants failed to inform the parents of the students questioned or the authorities of the allegations.
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