Two additional lawsuits filed against the Camdenton School District

Staff Report
Lake Sun Leader

Two separate lawsuits have been filed in U. S. District Court Western Division against the Camdenton School District.

The suits were filed Aug. 27 on behalf of a mother and her child and a father and his child, identified in court filings as John Doe and Jane Doe.

The lawsuits stem from alleged incidents involving a former janitor who is accused of exposing himself to students three different times.

The lawsuits name Superintendent Tim Hadfield, Assistant Superintendent Ryan Neal, Jesse DeVore, the former janitor and Warren Devore, the janitor's father and an employee of the district (it is not known if Warren Devore is still employed by the district).

The district is accused of negligence and not investigating and terminating the janitor who was accused of exposing himself until after the third incident. The suit also alleges Jesse Devore had a criminal background.

Documents filed in federal court allege the district violated the student's rights, subjected them to harassment and retaliation. At least one student allegedly left the district.

The suit is challenging the district under Title IX which mandates schools are legally required to respond and remedy hostile educational environments. Under the law, failure to do so can result in a loss of federal funding.

The federal suits came within days of a suit filed in state court by a Camdenton teacher stemming from the same incidents.

Jesse DeVore was arrested in 2019 on multiple counts of sexual misconduct. His case is still pending in Camden County Circuit Court.

The Camdenton School Board is scheduled to meet Wednesday at 5:00 pm. The agenda lists a closed session to discuss legal matters.

The district issued a statement late last week following the first suit saying they intended to fight the allegations in that case.

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