April 16, 2019

Their lawsuit concerns children aged between 2 and 4 years old at Washington Hebrew Congregation.

Families of eight children have filed a lawsuit accusing a preschool associated with a Jewish congregation in the nation’s capital of enabling a sexual predator for more than two years.

The children, boys and girls then between the ages of 2 and 4 years old, “were subject to systemic and regular sexual abuse on school property, during the school day, by a member of the teaching staff” at Edlavitch-Tyser Early Childhood Center at Washington Hebrew Congregation, according to the civil complaint, which was filed Monday in the local superior court.

The suit also names Deborah Schneider Jensen, listed on Washington Hebrew’s website as head of schools-early childhood education, as a defendant.

The alleged abuser, a man, isn’t named as a defendant in the lawsuit, and he hasn’t been criminally charged, so The Wall Street Journal isn’t naming him.

The suit alleges that the employee was hired to teach and care for children at the school without any professional background in teaching or child care. The suit also claims that this person was allowed to be alone with children, violating Washington, D.C., rules that require at least two adults to be present.

Both parents and teachers reported concerning behavior to Ms. Jensen as early as one month into this employee’s time at the school, the lawsuit said. He started around March 2016.

. . .

The plaintiffs’ law firm, Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC, said in a release that it expects additional alleged victims.

The complete article can be accessed here.