Victims’ families sue BCCHS, LAUSD over sexual assault

Former Lacrosse Coach Scott Silva sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Former lacrosse coach Scott Silva was sentenced on June 19.

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Former lacrosse coach Scott Silva was sentenced on June 19.

Itzel Luna and Casey Wanatick

Following the trial and sentencing of former lacrosse coach Scott Silva, five victims who are now adults and the family of four students who are minors sued Birmingham Community Charter High School, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and Silva.

The civil lawsuit was originally filed on May 16 by the family of one victim but other victims have joined the case since then. In the lawsuit, the students claim that they were sexually assaulted by Silva on the BCCHS campus in 2018. The lawsuit alleges that Silva was able to abuse the student because of negligence from LAUSD and BCCHS. A hearing was scheduled for today, Sept. 25. The victims are seeking an unspecified amount in damages.

“These Defendants negligently, carelessly and recklessly supervised and failed to supervise their students, teachers, aids and others such that these individuals were totally unsupervised and alone for a sufficient time,” the lawsuit states.

After a two-week criminal trial, Silva was convicted of 25 criminal counts that involved 18 underage female students on June 19. These counts include 16 counts of child molestation, six counts of sexual battery and one count of false imprisonment.

Silva was sentenced to 10 years and 230 days in prison. The sentencing took place at the Van Nuys Courthouse. Deputy City Attorney Lara Drino along with the Los Angeles Police Department Juvenile Division prosecuted the case.

Silva was also ordered to register as a sex offender and serve five years of probation, according to the Los Angeles Daily News. His victims were also given 10-year protective orders.

According to the criminal case summary, Silva was acquitted of two counts of annoying or molesting a child under 18 under California penal code section 647.6(A)(1) and one count of sexual battery under California penal code 243.4(E)(1). Two counts of sexual battery under California penal code section 243.4(A) were also dismissed.

According to the Los Angeles Daily News and the lawsuit, Silva’s conduct with female students included lewd comments, touching of private parts over the clothes and skin-on-skin contact with at least one victim.

Silva was arrested on Nov. 16, 2018, without incident. After his arrest, a restraining order was filed against Silva where he has to stay at least 100 yards away from both BCCHS and Daniel Pearl Magnet High School.