Lutheran school closes as stunned parents learn 'their five-year-old children were performing oral sex on each other'
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PUBLISHED: 00:10, 3 February 2013 | UPDATED: 12:59, 4 February 2013
A California preschool is closing after parents allegedly discovered sexual activity between four and five-year-old students.
Students enrolled in preschool at the First Lutheran Church of Carson School engaged in oral sex in a variety of places, including during naptime, in the tunnel slide on the playground, and in an outside bathroom, according to attorney Greg Owen, who represents the alleged victims.
'It all boils down to a lack of supervision,' Owen said. 'There were times when teachers would let aides in the room for hours at a time to watch the kids. During naptime, the aides would be sleeping and the children would have been molesting each other during this time.'
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Closed: The First Lutheran Church of Carson and School is closed amid allegations preschool students were engaged in sexual activity
Fears: Parent Richard McCarthy is worried that his young son is now a predator after being exposed to sexual feelings he didn't understand at such an early age
Church leaders claimed the closing was connected to the school director resigning and claimed sexual relations between students were not a factor.
They said the director was resigning for personal reasons, according to KABC-TV.
The California Department of Social Services cited the school for one sexual encounter as well as an improper student-teacher ratio.
Owen will file a suit Monday in the Los Angeles County Superior Court against the school, the church, the principal, the teacher, and an alleged child perpetrator.
He is representing four alleged victims.
Because of the child's age, they cannot be identified under law.
Under watch: State officials are still investigating what went on at the school
Parent Richard McCarthy said his 4-year-old son received oral sex from a 5-year-old girl at the school on multiple occasions.
'He told me about all the bad things that girl had been doing to him,' McCarthy said. 'It went down in the classroom, it went down in the bathroom and it went down out on the playground.'
The girl performed oral sex on at least one other boy, allegedly.
'Their lives will be ruined in many ways,' Owen said. 'And we know there are many more [victims].'
As parents attempt to find a new school for their children in mid-semester some are unsure their children are fit for preschool after what they've been exposed to.
Under fire: Attorney Greg Owen will file suit Monday against the school, the church, the principal, the teacher, and an alleged child perpetrator.
'There's no way I can just take him to another school and be that parent that just lets a predator loose,' McCarthy said. 'How else do you explain it?'
Other parents say they have the same concern now that their children have been exposed to sexual behavior.
'Parents are saying, 'My child is now a predator. Now how can I let him go to another school?'' Owen said. 'I have talked to three of the parents who have not been able to, but I would think there are schools around.'
'There were many children lying there and they watched these acts. In our business and in psychological terms, that's sexualizing a child at a young age,' he said.
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