BOSSIER PARISH, La. (KTBS) - Two more lawsuits have been filed against the Bossier Parish school system, alleging school administrators and educators at Benton Elementary School failed to investigate a pedophile teacher now under indictment on charges he victimized a dozen children.
One of the suits is by the grandparents of an 8-year-old girl and alleges her physical education teacher, Aubrey Norcross, "committed despicable acts." Because of its nature, the other suit was sealed.
School officials failed in their duty to protect the children and to recognize indications Norcross posed a danger to children under his supervision, the open suit alleges.
"The Bossier Parish School Board negligently failed to investigate when signs of abuse and misconduct occurred on the school's campus," states the suit filed in Bossier District Court.
The school system's attorney has declined comment on the allegations and has not filed responses to the suits, which now total three. Bossier schools Superintendent Scott Smith insisted earlier that school administrators had no suspicion a teacher was doing anything improper.
Norcross, 47, is under indictment on one count of first-degree rape, eight counts of child molestation, two counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile and one count of video voyeurism. He has pleaded not guilty.
District Attorney Schuyler Marvin said the criminal charges allege sexual intercourse with a 5-year-old boy this past October; inappropriate touching of others between August 2016 and October 2018; inappropriate behavior involving watching a video; and recording one child with an electronic device this past September.
Boys and girls ages 11 and under were involved, Marvin said. Conviction on a charge of first-degree rape is punishable by life in prison without parole.
All but one of the alleged incidents occurred at Benton Elementary, where Norcross was a P.E. teacher; the other occurred at Norcross' house, where he did private tutoring of archery outside school hours, Marvin said.
Because children are involved, KTBS News is not identifying the parents and grandparents in the lawsuits.
The investigation began after the grandmother of one child contacted the Bossier sheriff's office, Marvin said. Investigators have security camera video from the school, and a cell phone and tablet computers are being reviewed, he said.
Norcross has been fired by the school system.