CHICAGO, Ill. –– Nationally renowned civil rights and personal injury attorney Ben Crump has been retained by the family of a 15-year-old girl who was kidnapped, held captive for over four days, and sexually assaulted by her teacher, Christopher McFarland.
The girl’s captor was charged with kidnapping and aggravated criminal assault by force. In an order in the case, Circuit Judge Maryam Ahmad noted that several complaints had been filed against the captor at Chicago Public Schools for inappropriate contact with girls.
The minor victim’s name will not be released at the request of her family.
Attorney Crump issued the following statement:
“Our hearts are completely broken for this young girl, who endured horrific abuse at the hands of someone entrusted with her safety and care. This child deserved a safe learning environment, surrounded by educators who would protect her and her peers at any cost. But she was deprived of that right, instead forced to suffer a living nightmare for four whole days.
“It is shameful that this predator was permitted to continue teaching despite previous reports of his inappropriate contact with girls. Parents should be able to trust that when they send their babies to school, at the very least their safety and well-being will be the top priority of the school and its officials.
“The victim and her family are grateful for the continued support and prayers of so many good people, and ask that the public and media continue to respect their privacy during this impossibly difficult time.”
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