Were you or a loved one sexually abused by Mark Lesley Hassell, a former principal and track coach in Barstow, California? Our experienced sexual abuse attorneys are here to help.
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A school principal and former track coach in Barstow has been accused of sexual misconduct. In 2015, Mark Lesley Hassell, 39, was arrested and charged for maintaining an illicit sexual relationship with a 17-year-old female student. Hassell resigned immediately and soon lost his credentials. He ultimately pleaded no contest to one count of oral copulation with a minor and was sentenced to one year in county jail and five years of probation.
Were you or a loved one sexually assaulted by Mark Hassell, former principal of the Barstow Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics Academy? Our experienced personal injury attorneys are here to help. You are not alone. We believe you, and we believe your voice deserves to be heard. Thanks to California's strong tradition of civil law, you may be eligible to file a private civil lawsuit and pursue financial compensation.
Mark Lesley Hassell has been held accountable through the criminal justice system, but civil action may still be possible. In a private civil lawsuit, your family can pursue significant financial compensation from both Mark Hassell and the school were he served as a principal.
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In 2015, the Barstow Police Department received a report that Hassell had been engaged in an illicit relationship with a 17-year-old student. Detectives interviewed the victim, who said she had been involved in a consensual sexual relationship with Hassell "for some time." After further investigation, the authorities deemed the allegations to be true and arrested Hassell.
Hassell was placed on non-disciplinary paid leave, but resigned soon after. Prior to becoming the school's principal, Hassell served as the head boys basketball coach and head coach of the girls track and field team at Barstow High School. He was also an assistant for the Barstow High School football team during the 2014 season, according to the Daily Press.
While authorities have only heard from one victim of David Hassell, police believe that additional victims may still be out there. In light of the damning allegations against Hassell, our dedicated attorneys have opened a full investigation into these accusations of misconduct. We believe that survivors deserve justice. You are not alone.
If you or a loved one were abused by David Hassell, know that you did nothing wrong. This was not your fault. There is every indication that Hassell abused his position of authority to prey on students. If true, he is a dangerous sexual predator. You can hold the parties responsible for this abuse accountable. We can help.
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