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Student, Family Files Lawsuit Against Santa Rosa School District Over Alleged Sexual Assault

The student and her mother in the lawsuit claim the district did nothing after they had both complained to Piner High School officials about the alleged sexual assault.

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    A 14-year-old girl who claims she was sexually assaulted at her North Bay high school is speaking out about the alleged incident. Mark Matthews reports. (Published Monday, March 28, 2016)

    A 14-year-old girl who claims she was sexually assaulted at her North Bay high school is speaking out about the alleged incident.

    The victim and her family filed a lawsuit two weeks ago against the Santa Rosa school district. The student and her mother in the lawsuit claim the district did nothing after they had both complained to Piner High School officials about the alleged sexual assault.

    The student accused in the attack has an arrest record for a prior sexual assault. The alleged sexual assault at Piner High School occurred last year.

    "I was walking to the bathroom and a boy came up behind me and starting choking me and dragging me," the victim said in an exclusive interview with NBC Bay Area.

    The girl said the alleged attack last more than five minutes but "felt like forever."

    Her mother said she got a call that afternoon from the schools' vice principal and started screaming.

    "Because of all the times I called to say my daughter was sexually harassed and they did nothing about it," the mother said. "And the fact that my baby could be assaulted. And all he could say was 'I'm sorry.'"

    The lawsuit claims the boy had previously been arrested for sexual assault at a high school in Sebastopol. The family's attorney said if Santa Rosa school officials did not know about the boy's history, they should have.

    "We believe they did because they certainly should have because it would've been in his school records," Attorney Jeff Herman said.

    School officials in Santa Rosa declined to speak with NBC Bay Area on Monday and said they knew nothing about the lawsuit. School officials also cited student confidentiality as to why they were not providing comment.

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