A group of plaintiffs who brought a lawsuit against a former Alabaster teacher who pleaded guilty in 2012 to sexually abusing girls during his teaching tenure has asked a federal judge to grant the case class-action status.
In a brief filed on Oct. 15 in U.S. District Court, Kristin Hurt and four other plaintiffs requested the judge open the case to “Any current or former female student during the time period that Dan Acker (Jr.) worked for (the) Shelby County School Board who was either injured, sexually harassed, abused or molested by Dan Acker (Jr.), or who witnessed such conduct or who was exposed to a sexually hostile education environment through Acker’s conduct.”
If the case is granted class action status, all individuals fitting the above description would be able to join as plaintiffs in the civil lawsuit, which was brought against Acker and the Shelby County Board of Education in February.
You can read more about this case at:
13 INVESTIGATES: Acker lawsuit update (10/21/2013)
Plaintiffs in Acker Jr. Lawsuit seek Class Action Status (Shelby County Reporter) (10/16/2013)
Daniel Acker, Jr. victims request Class Action status for lawsuit (NBC 13) (10/16/2013)
13 INVESTIGATES: Acker Lawsuit Response (NBC 13) (03/27/2013)
Daniel Acker, Jr. asks judge to dismiss victim lawsuit (NBC 13) (03/07/2013)
Daniel Acker, Jr., Shelby County Schools face lawsuit (NBC 13) (02/06/2013)
Fact Check: County worker facing sex charges getting retirement (NBC 13) (08/23/2012)