A victim of an after-school instructor at a Santa Ana elementary school has filed suit against the Santa Ana Unified School District, attorneys for the victim said Monday.
The lawsuit filed Thursday alleges school district officials knew Eddy Bustamante Infante, 26, of Santa Ana, engaged in unlawful sexual conduct with children and failed to disclose it to parents and police.
Infante pleaded guilty Dec. 10, 2019, to four counts of lewd or lascivious acts with a minor younger than 14, according to court records.
A count of lewd or lascivious acts with a minor younger than 14 and a count of oral copulation or sexual penetration of a child 10 years or younger were dismissed, according to court records.
Infante was sentenced in February to 12 years in prison for molesting four girls.
The lawsuit alleges that Infante “sexually harassed, abused and molested” one of the victims, who was 8 years old in the spring of 2015 through 2016.
The abuse took place in classroooms and on the campus of Greenville Fundamental School, where he tutored students after school, the lawsuit alleges.
“This tragedy was preventable by Greenville Fundamental School and the Santa Ana Unified School District,” said Morgan Stewart, an attorney for the victim.
“They had ample warning that Infante was a danger to children, yet they concealed this information from my clients and other parents. They failed to properly hire, train or supervise Infante.”
A spokesman for the school district declined comment.
Infante worked as an after-school teacher at Greenville Fundamental School from 2015 until his arrest in October 2018.
Infante was initially arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting three girls, Santa Ana Police Department Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said. The charges filed in 2018 then reflected those allegations. At the time, Infante posted bail and was released.
However, in response to a public plea for more information about Infante, another victim came forward saying he sexually assaulted her when she was 6 years old, Bertagna said.
Infante sexually assaulted an 8-year-old girl and a 10-year-old girl between August 2016 and June 2017 and a 9-year-old girl between August 2015 and June 2017, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.
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