Parents file $2.5 million lawsuit against Oklahoma school district after coach reportedly raped teen daughter
JAY, Okla. – The parents of teenage girl are suing an Oklahoma school district after a basketball coach allegedly raped and sexually assaulted their 15-year-old daughter.
In March 2015, Cory Henton, a former Jay High School basketball coach, was arrested for sexual misconduct involving a 15-year-old girl, who he reportedly coached.
Earlier this year, Henton pleaded guilty to 16 counts of lewd molestation, rape by instrumentation, second-degree rape and other charges.
He received a 45-year sentence with all but 15 years suspended. He only has to serve 85 percent of the 15 years, totaling 12 years and nine months in prison.
Six months after his sentencing, the parents of Henton’s teenage victim filed a lawsuit against the Jay Public School System.
According to the Grand Lake News, the lawsuit alleges the school district, “deprived [her] of equal protection, substantive and procedural due process, her property rights to an education, her liberty interest to be free of sexual abuse at school,” and other “constitutional and federal rights.”
The girl’s parents say that during the time Henton was their daughter’s coach, he “groomed [her] for and then committed criminal sexual abuse against [her].”
The lawsuit alleges school officials knew about Henton’s actions, but “did not stop them.”
The parents are asking for $2.5 million.