A motion filed Tuesday alleges that Barstow Christian School’s principal knew of sexual contact between convicted child molester Kristen Blanton, a former school secretary and teacher, and a 14-year-old student as early as three months before her arrest.
The victim’s attorneys filed the motion in San Bernardino Superior Court to add punitive damages to their lawsuit against Blanton and Barstow Christian School, alleging that Principal Heather Bradford knew of Blanton’s inappropriate contact with the male student as early as October 2014 and failed to report it to authorities as required by State law.
Blanton was arrested in January 2015 for allegedly molesting the victim multiple times beginning in October 2014, and subsequently pleaded guilty and is serving a three-year sentence in state prison.
During a deposition, the victim’s attorney Morgan Stewart claims Bradford admitted to knowing Blanton had kissed the victim in class and engaged in other inappropriate conduct, and warned the victim not to be alone with Blanton.
Bradford advised Blanton that she was always to remain at least 6 feet away from the victim at all times, Stewart said.
According to Stewart, the victim’s mother learned of the sexual relationship between her son and Blanton after the principal imposed the “six-foot separation,” and immediately called police who arrested Blanton in school on January 15, 2015.
Blanton was sentenced in December 2015 to three years in state prison after pleading guilty to lewd or lascivious acts with a child aged 14 to 15 years old and dissuading a witness or victim.