Athletic trainer at Los Angeles high schools charged with sexually assaulting 10 students
The Los Angeles Times reports Richard Alexander Turner, an athletic trainer, has been charged with sexually assaulting at least 10 girls at L.A. high schools since 2017. According to a criminal complaint made public on October 11, 2022, Tuner was charged with 18 counts of rape, sexual battery, sexual assault of an unconscious person, and forcible oral copulation against female students he worked with from 2017 to 2022.
An athletic trainer at Birmingham Community Carter High School and Van Nuys High School, Turner was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault. His arrest occurred the day after a Birmingham student accused Turner of touching her inappropriately.
The police believe there may be other victims, and have asked anyone who has been assaulted by Turner to come forward. Since releasing Turner’s name to the public, nine additional students have contacted police and accused Turn of abuse.
Previous report of assault not pursued
A Van Nuys High School student reported Turner to police in 2017, but charges were not filed by prosecutors due to a lack of sufficient evidence. Officials with the Los Angeles Unified School District were notified of the allegations at the time.
According to the Los Angeles County District Attorney, George Gasćon, the victims age ranged from 15 to 17, and some of the assaults occurred outside of school. Attacks happened to all victims while receiving treatment for sports injuries.
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