September 22, 2020

The parents of an 11-year-old girl have sued All Saints Catholic School in Jupiter, its principal and the Diocese of Palm Beach over allegations that a boy inappropriately touched her.

A sixth-grade student at All Saints Catholic School was charged with battery and lewd and lascivious molestation after an 11-year-old classmate accused him of groping her, according to a Jupiter police report.

The allegations last week spawned a civil lawsuit against the school, its principal and the Diocese of Palm Beach.

The heavily redacted report that police provided to The Palm Beach Post on Tuesday confirmed many of the claims made by attorney Michael Dolce, who is representing the girl and her parents.

For instance, Dolce’s assertion that principal Jill Broz told police that she had been instructed not to allow them to meet with the boy without his attorney present was confirmed by the police report.

Dolce said the school’s handling of the girl’s allegations was unusual. Other students have been disciplined for inappropriate behavior that wasn’t criminal in nature. In this case, he said the boy wasn’t disciplined by school officials even though he was charged with a crime.

Dolce is seeking an unspecified amount in damages. Diocesean officials declined to comment on the lawsuit, saying they don’t talk about pending litigation.

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