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A former Olympic track star and high school coach has been arrested and charged on suspicion of contacting a minor with the intent to commit a sexual offense, the Los Angeles Times reports. Danny Lee Harris was taken into custody after a report he maintained inappropriate contact with a student at Gabrielino High School, the San Gabriel, California school where he coached.
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Were you or a loved one sexually abused by Danny Lee Harris? Our experienced personal injury attorneys are here to help. You are not alone. We believe you. Thanks to California's strong tradition of civil law, you have powerful legal options. If you or a loved one were abused by Danny Harris, you may be eligible to pursue a private civil lawsuit.
Former Track Star Arrested For Sexual Misconduct
Thankfully, Danny Lee Harris has been held accountable for his alleged misconduct by the criminal justice system. In 2018, Harris pleaded no contest (accepting punishment but not admitting guilt) to a charge of misdemeanor child endangerment. He was sentenced to five years of probation in exchange for the plea deal. In court documents, Harris was accused of exchanging inappropriate sexual messages with a 17-year-old Gabrielino High student.
In lieu of further punishment, Harris was ordered to provide the court with a list of all his minor clients. He has been restricted from contact with any minors without another adult present and cannot maintain electronic communications with minors unless another adult, guardian or parent is copied on the communication.
Harris was also ordered to attend 52 classes on sexual compulsions, must serve 45 days of community service and has been ordered to stay away from the victim for ten years. In exchange for Harris' no contest plea, two felony counts of contact with a minor for sexual offense and two misdemeanor charges of child annoying were dismissed by the court. If convicted of these additional charges, Harris would have served 7 years in prison.
Before his dismissal from the school on May 17, 2017, Harris worked asa a walk-on assistant track and field coach at Gabrielino High School. At the time of his arrest, he was not an employee of the school district, according to John Pappalardo, the superintendent of San Gabriel Unified School District. Harris made his name as a track and field star in the 80s. He won the silver medal in the 400-meter hurdles during the 1984 Summer Olympics.
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Pursuing Civil Litigation
We are here to help. California's civil code empowers sexual abuse survivors to pursue private litigation in cases of sexual abuse and sexual assault. Danny Lee Harris has been held accountable by the criminal justice system, but civil action may still be possible. Were you or a loved one abused by Danny Harris? Filing a lawsuit may be possible.
In a civil lawsuit, you can pursue significant financial compensation to support your recovery. Our attorneys understand the painful emotions caused by sexual abuse. You may be struggling to deal with feelings of fear and shame, anger and depression. These are natural reactions to a terrible trauma. You don't have to go through this alone.
We believe that Danny Lee Harris should be held accountable directly to survivors. There may also be additional parties, including the high school where Harris worked, that can be held accountable for allowing the abuse to occur. Learn more about your legal options today in a free, confidential consultation. Our attorneys want to help.