By Hudson Sangree
A father-and-son team of lawyers announced today they had filed the first lawsuit against the Creative Frontiers School and its principal Robert B. Adams on behalf of an 8-year-old former student and her mother.
Sacramento attorneys Joseph C. George and Joseph C. George, Jr., held a news conference on the steps of the Sacramento Superior courthouse.
George, Sr., said the mother was intent on filing the lawsuit for alleged negligence, fraud and sexual battery after she heard supporters defend Adams, who was known at the school as "Mr. Bob."
"Mr. Bob took this kid under his wings," George, Sr., said of the girl, whom the lawsuit called Jane Doe 45.
The mother, called Stephanie Doe in the complaint, urged any other parents who suspected their children might have been abused at the school to go to Citrus Heights police, the elder George said.
The girl, who had behavioral problems, was removed from her classroom by Adams when she acted up, the lawsuit alleges.
"Adams took Plaintiff for walks to a creek on Frontiers Campus and massaged Plaintiff after she was removed from her classroom by Adams," the complaint says.
"Adams advised Plaintiff's mother that Plaintiff was one of his 'favorite special students,' it says.
The mother is "kicking herself," for not having realized something was amiss, George, Sr., said.
Adams, 60, remained hospitalized today, one day after his arrest on charges he molested students while serving as principal at his private Citrus Heights school.
Adams complained of chest pains when police arrived at his Folsom home to arrest him on six felony counts and one misdemeanor.
Once he is stable enough to leave the hospital, he will be booked into the Sacramento County Jail.
His family continues to defend Adams, who has denied any wrongdoing.
"We are absolutely devastated but I truly believe that truth will prevail and the truth will set us free," his daughter, Courtney Adams, posted on the school's Facebook page.