The family of the assault victim had filed a $10 million civil suit, saying district officials knew about an escalating pattern of bullying and harassment — or should have been aware of it.
The Idaho Judicial Council says District Judge Randy Stoker properly presided over a trial stemming from the gruesome October 2015 attack in a Dietrich High School locker room.
The school district says students and staff saw no incidents of harassment or bullying before the grisly October 2015 attack on a mentally disabled student.
In the $10 million civil claim, the family of a sexual assault victim says school officials knew — or should have known — about an escalating pattern of bullying.
The separate developments came after a former Dietrich football player was sentenced to probation and community service in connection with the sexual assault of a teammate.
District Superintendent Ben Hardcastle gathered key evidence, interviewed suspects and potential witnesses, and waited four days before notifying the sheriff’s department of the attack, the Associated Press reported Wednesday.
John R.K. Howard faces two to three years’ probation. He could avoid jail or prison time, and have his conviction dismissed, if he successfully completes probation, the Times-News reported.
The Dietrich district filed its motion in court Tuesday, the same day news of an internal investigation went public.
The Dietrich School District report, heavily redacted, was filed as part of a $10 million civil lawsuit, the Twin Falls Times-News reported.
John R.K. Howard, now of Keller, Texas, faces a felony count in a grisly assault case that has attracted national media attention.