Girl’s suit alleges 7 St. Mary’s High students sexually abused her

By Mike McAndrew
Published February 2, 2020|Updated February 2, 2020

Seven St. Mary’s High School students had sexual contact with a female student in a boys’ locker room four years ago, and the school responded by expelling the girl instead of calling police, according to a new Child Victims Act lawsuit filed Friday.

The plaintiff, who was not identified in public records, alleged in the lawsuit that she was a minor who was left unsupervised with the seven students in a locker room of the Lancaster school on Feb. 9, 2016. The students, who were not identified, had unpermitted sexual contact with her, she alleged.

The seven students had been recruited to St. Mary’s to play on the school’s sports teams, the lawsuit alleges.

Instead of reporting the incident to police, school officials expelled the girl two weeks after the incident, the lawsuit claims.

The girl sued the Buffalo Diocese and St. Mary’s High School under the Child Victims Act. The case alleges that the diocese and the school were negligent in failing to supervise the seven students, that they knew or should have known of other similar incidents involving the seven students, that they failed to protect the girl, and that they retaliated against the girl.

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