San Jose families sue school district over ex-coach convicted for child porn

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SAN JOSE (KRON) — Parents of two South Bay middle school girls are suing their school district over allegations of sex abuse.

A former gym teacher and coach at Willow Glen Middle School was arrested last year and accused of taking inappropriate pictures of the girls.

He was later charged but a lawsuit filed today says the San Jose Unified School District enabled his behavior because they did not follow up on complaints.

Parents involved in this lawsuit say many of their complaints early-on fell on deaf ears.

This allowed the ex-coach to take and share pictures on the internet. Now they want the school district to pay for not acting sooner.

Clifford Pappadakis, ex-gym teacher and coach at Willow Glen Middle School, is at the center of a lawsuit against the San Jose Unified School District.

The families of two girls say Pappadakis secretly photographed them and despite their complaints — the school did not act soon enough.

“These guys are everywhere, these pedophiles will find the children,” said attorney Mark Boskovich. “That’s what they do, so it’s up to school districts, daycares, those institutions that take care of children to be proactive to stop this stuff.”

Boskovich is representing the families in this lawsuit.

He says the school district did not do enough to protect these girls by not following up on complaints about Pappadakis’ lewd behavior.

Boskovich says the principal of the middle school enabled the ex-coach because he believes the school did not know how to handle the accusations.

“When you bring your kid to school you trust they’re going to be taken care of,” he said. “That’s what these parents thought and they’re in a nice neighborhood and so they just thought ‘we’re in a nice neighborhood, this is a nice school, our kids are going to be just fine’ and then when they learn this. It’s gut wrenching.”

Pappadakis was charged and convicted of possessing child porn and taking sexual photos of his students in 2018.

He was sentenced to eight months of home detention and given 3 years probation. He is due to be released Friday.

He will also have to register as a sex offender.

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