Elizabeth Proctor: Civil Suit Connected to Teacher Sex Case Dropped, for Now
A civil lawsuit filed in connection to a case of teacher-student sex has been dropped, the Abilene Reporter-News has reported. Both the teacher in question and the Abilene Independent School District were named in the suit, which alleged that some teachers and AISD employees were negligent in not reporting rumors of the affair, and that some others retaliated against the boy after he came forth. The suit went on to claim that AISD further failed the victim in the case even after the teacher was convicted of improper relationship between a teacher and student.
No settlement has been paid, but this might not be the end of the matter, according to the family's attorney Donald Scott Mackenzie. He told the Reporter-News that he will decide whether or not to refile the suit in federal court after he and his clients meet informally with AISD officials Monday.
Let's back up and start this one from the beginning.
According to previous reports, early last year, the halls of Abilene Cooper were rife with rumors that a 15-year-old student was having an affair with married 30-year-old English teacher Elizabeth Proctor. According to the boy's own account, the rumors were so prevalent, Proctor took the precaution of warning one of her colleagues not to believe the boy if he claimed to have had sex with her.
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That same colleague instead asked they boy if the rumors were true. He admitted that they were and went on to describe his sexual encounters with Proctor in detail.
He said that he and Proctor first got acquainted through witty repartee exchanged on YouTube. At some point thereafter, according to the boy, they started meeting up and having sex and continued doing so for eleven months. Sometimes they would park her car behind an Abilene Lowe's, and other times, they would have sex in the home she shared with her husband and kids. The boy said that the husband was always away at work at the time, but that the kids were asleep down the hall.
After word got out, the boy said that Proctor stopped speaking to him and changed her phone number. He also said that her lawyer got one of Proctor's teacher colleagues to swear in an affidavit that the boy was "untrustworthy" and "unreliable" and that he was bragging about the fame the case would bring him.
The boy denied all that and pointed out that it was irrelevant in any event. And indeed it did prove to be so, as Proctor was convicted last July. In addition to her probation, she is permanently barred from the classroom. (Since she was not technically convicted of a sex crime, she will not have to register as a sex offender, however.)
Mackenzie says he believes people have lost focus on the boy.
"This kid was a good student before this incident in his life," Mackenzie told the Reporter-News. "He's now two years behind. A lot of his grades went into the toilet, and he's been trying to do what he can to get back on his feet."