A former NFL receiver lost a round in court Friday when a judge denied a motion to dismiss him as a defendant in a lawsuit in which a woman alleges he did not intervene to stop her from being molested by a former track and field coach at Pomona High School in the 1990s.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge William Fahey ruled there were enough details in the woman’s lawsuit to move forward with her claims against Kitrick Taylor, who also was a coach on the girls’ high school team.
The motion did not deal with the other defendants being sued, the Pomona Unified School District and the coach who allegedly molested her, Brian Crichlow.
Taylor, now 56, was a receiver in the NFL from 1988-93 and is probably best known for catching Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre’s first winning touchdown pass in the league, a 35-yard strike with 13 seconds remaining to defeat the Cincinnati Bengals, 24-23, on Sept. 20, 1992.
Taylor also played for the San Diego Chargers, Denver Broncos and New England Patriots.
The plaintiff, who now lives in Riverside County, was 16 and 17 years old during the 1996-97 school year and attended Pomona High, the suit states. She alleges that during that time she was “regularly sexually abused, touched and was pressured to engage in sexual intercourse” with Crichlow while she was a member of the girls’ track and field team.
The plaintiff further alleges she was “groomed and manipulated over the school year” by both Crichlow and Taylor, saying they bought her and fellow students alcohol and allowed them to drive the coaches’ cars.
The suit alleges that during a trip to Las Vegas for a track meet, the plaintiff was sexually abused in one bed by Crichlow and witnessed one of her teammates being molested by Taylor in an adjacent bed.
On another occasion, Crichlow sexually abused the plaintiff at Taylor’s home, the suit alleges.
Lawyers for Taylor maintained their client should be dismissed from the lawsuit because he caused no injury to the plaintiff.
“Defendant Taylor’s failure to stop plaintiff from having sex with defendant Crichlow does not constitute a breach of any standard of care Taylor might have owed to the plaintiff,” according to Taylor’s attorneys’ court papers.
According to the suit, the PUSD, teachers, the administration and assistants “had numerous warnings and information that caused each of them to know, or reasonably suspect” the plaintiff was a victim of child abuse, molestation or harassment.
The district also “turned a blind eye” to the alleged misconduct of Taylor to protect the prestige received by the school and PUSD from having a former NFL player working for the district, the suit states.
Had the district adequately investigated Crichlow and Taylor’s backgrounds, they would have “discovered conduct that would have deemed them unfit to work with minors,” the suit further contends.
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