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Teacher at California’s Rosemead High in the El Monte Union High School District Accused of Sexual Abuse of Students

A document received by the Rosemead High principal Brian Bristol outlined how former English teacher and journalism sponsor Eric Burgess groomed students for sex for decades, and included:

  • Dates and details of the sexual relationships that Burgess had with female students;
  • ID numbers of students who were aware of Burgess' inappropriate behavior; and,
  • The names of five former students with whom he'd allegedly had sexual relationships.

Despite being a mandatory reporter, the principal chose to sit on the information for a year, taking action only when screenshots of sexually explicit messages Burgess had exchanged with a former student were posted to social media.

He Was My High School Journalism Teacher. Then I Investigated His Relationship With Teenage Girls

After interviewing more than 40 current and former teachers and students and reviewing hundreds of emails, disciplinary records, and internal documents, Rosemead High graduate and “Business Insider” reporter Matt Drange uncovered a sexual abuse scandal at his alma mater.

The San Gabriel Valley teacher Eric Burgess was well-liked by many students but hid a collection of secrets that included:

  • Fathering a child with a former student;
  • Repeatedly grooming female students for sex; and,
  • Engaging in inappropriate behavior over two decades.

Drange's recent article has garnered the praise of child abuse experts as one of the most accurate portraits of child grooming and its impact on sexual abuse survivors.

According to Drange, Rosemead High and its campus culture meant that boundaries between teachers and students were nearly nonexistent, with many students and staff content to look the other way when adults engaged in troubling behavior.

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School and District Officials Repeatedly Missed Numerous Red Flags

The report detailed how adults failed to investigate disturbing stories and reports of sexual abuse that surfaced throughout Eric Burgess' career.

Even when Drange began digging, school officials obstructed his reporting and denied him access to public records.

After Drange’s story came out, it sparked student walkouts and calls for changes to the way district officials hold teachers accountable for grooming behavior.

Even though his reporting focused on one teacher at one Southern California high school, it provoked visceral reactions from readers across the country, as well as other Rosemead High alums.

Eligible victims are encouraged to request a free, private case evaluation by our experienced legal staff with the potential for compensation and justice.

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He Was My High School Journalism Teacher. Then I Investigated His Relationship With Teenage Girls

After interviewing more than 40 current and former teachers and students and reviewing hundreds of emails, disciplinary records, and internal documents, Rosemead High graduate and “Business Insider” reporter Matt Drange uncovered a sexual abuse scandal at his alma mater.

The San Gabriel Valley teacher Eric Burgess was well-liked by many students but hid a collection of secrets that included:

  • Fathering a child with a former student;
  • Repeatedly grooming female students for sex; and,
  • Engaging in inappropriate behavior over two decades.

Drange's recent article has garnered the praise of child abuse experts as one of the most accurate portraits of child grooming and its impact on sexual abuse survivors.

According to Drange, Rosemead High and its campus culture meant that boundaries between teachers and students were nearly nonexistent, with many students and staff content to look the other way when adults engaged in troubling behavior.

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School and District Officials Repeatedly Missed Numerous Red Flags

The report detailed how adults failed to investigate disturbing stories and reports of sexual abuse that surfaced throughout Eric Burgess' career.

Even when Drange began digging, school officials obstructed his reporting and denied him access to public records.

After Drange’s story came out, it sparked student walkouts and calls for changes to the way district officials hold teachers accountable for grooming behavior.

Even though his reporting focused on one teacher at one Southern California high school, it provoked visceral reactions from readers across the country, as well as other Rosemead High alums.

Eligible victims are encouraged to request a free, private case evaluation by our experienced legal staff with the potential for compensation and justice.

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