NAMPA — A tort claim has been filed by a girl who claimed a teacher at a Nampa high school sexually abused her.
Tomas Fisher, 28, was a Spanish teacher at Skyview High School before he resigned July 17. He was accused of having sex with the girl two to three times a week for more than a month, according to police reports. He pleaded guilty to sexual battery of a child age 16 or 17 in December.
The parents of the girl he sexually abused filed a tort claim recently for $1 million against the Nampa School District and Skyview High School, according to attorney Bruce Skaug's law office.
The claim argues that the staff was negligent in failing to intervene to stop the sexual molestation of the minor student.
Fisher was arrested in September when it was revealed he had unprotected sex with the minor child, “Jane C.F. Doe," according to the tort claim. He is set for sentencing at 11 a.m. March 14.
The girl's parents have hired a team of attorneys to represent their civil case.
“On information and belief before the sexual abuse occurred, a school counselor had noted Fisher was having serious psychological issues," lead attorney Bruce Skaug, of Nampa, said in a press release.
On at least one occasion, Dean of Students Jason Reddy found Fisher and the victim in a dark room with the door locked, according to the claim. The dean failed to report the incident either to his superiors or the child's parents, the claim alleges.
According to the claim, it is Reddy's practice to report all incidents and activities within the school to then-Principal Kim Bekkedahl.
“As a parent, I am angered the school administration ignored the warning signs and clear violations of appropriate conduct,” Skaug said in a news release. “Instead of intervening, they ignored facts and displayed a reckless disregard for the safety of this young girl.”
Fisher was also the school's junior varsity girls soccer team coach.
“As a result of their negligence,” said Eric Rossman, the other attorney representing the family, “the school and district failed to protect the victim against foreseeable risk of harm.”
The school district responded with a statement.
"The Nampa School District received a notice of a tort claim related to criminal charges against its former employee Tomas Fisher who is scheduled to be sentenced March 14, 2016," said district spokeswoman Allison Westfall in a formal statement. "The claim was referred to the district’s liability insurance provider and its legal team. As this is a legal matter, responses to allegations in the claim will be made through the legal process."