Family claims 12-year-old son sexually assaulted in 2012 at St. John's Northwestern Military Academy
DELAFIELD, Wis. (CBS 58) -- St. John's Northwestern Military Academy in Delafield is facing a lawsuit after investigators say there was a sexual assault on campus.
It was the last thing a family ever thought would happen when they sent their 12-year-old son to summer camp at St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy in Delafield back in 2012. Now the family is taking legal action.
“He was roomed with a child that was much older than him,” Dan Zmijewski, the family’s attorney, said. “One evening at the school he was sexually assaulted by that child and they never should have been in the same room together.”
Thursday, that young boy’s family filed a civil lawsuit in Wisconsin Federal Court against St. John’s Northwestern Military academy and the 15-year-old student accused of the assault.
“They want justice,” Zmijewski said. “No one can go back in time and undo the events but they want recognition of what occurred and for it to never happen again.”
The lawsuit says the boy was bullied and harassed and sexually assaulted by the older student that summer in 2012. The victims’ parents say the academy didn’t notify them or police until the next morning.
This isn’t the first alleged sexual assault at the academy. A few months before this case, a criminal complaint reveals a 13-year-old male student was sexually assaulted by a 17-year-old male student at the Academy.
“I think it’s a significant factor in the school’s willingness to police their children, protect their children, supervise their children,” Zmijewski said.
CBS 58’s Tori Bokios did reach out to the Academy for comment. They said they are not aware of the lawsuit but say they will not discuss active litigation. CBS 58 also reached out their attorney and are waiting to hear back.