The family of a 17-year-old D.C. high school student has filed a lawsuit for $11 million, claiming a substitute teacher maliciously made sexual contact with him earlier this month.
Symone Greene, 22, was working at Options Public Charter School in Northeast D.C. Friday, Oct. 17 when she first met the victim, a football player at the school.
The student, who is described as having a learning disability, told police he was working as an office assistant and helped Greene twice that day in her English class. The student said he flirted with Greene during class, gave her his cell phone number, then texted her, asking if she was "kinky."
According to documents, the two later met up in her classroom, where she allegedly performed oral sex on the teen. The victim recorded the sex act and later shared the video with his teammates and a childhood friend.
Greene allegedly sent the teen a text message over the weekend asking him not to tell anyone.
The teen's mother filed a $11 million lawsuit Tuesday in Prince George's County against Greene, the D.C. Public Charter School Board, the court-appointed receiver and custodian of Options Public Charter School Joshua Kern and SOS Personnel, the private Delaware company that initially hired Greene.
The lawsuit claims Greene was "unqualified to serve as a teacher" for at-risk students at the school and shouldn't have been hired as a subsitute teacher in the first place.
It goes on to say Greene had deliberately and maliciously made sexual contact with the victim that day, and exposed him to possible sexually transmitted diseases.
The lawsuit also claims another teacher could have stopped the inappropriate contact between the victim and Greene, and says the school's "no cell phone" policy was clearly violated.
Although the age of consent in D.C. is 16, Greene was charged because she was the teen's teacher. According to D.C. law, age-of-consent rules are not in play in when it comes to "significant relationships," which include teachers and their students.
She pleaded not guilty to first-degree sexual assault against a minor in a significant relationship.
CORRECTION: A previous version of this story incorrectly reported the sum of the lawsuit to be $3 million. The family's attorney says the family is seeking $11 million for all counts listed in the lawsuit.