Kristen Cunnane Files Civil Suit Against Moraga School District and Former Administrators

The suit alleges intentional infliction of emotional distress and conspiracy to commit fraud.

Kristen Cunnane sued the Moraga school district Tuesday for failing to protect her from sexual predators when she was a student at Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School in the mid-1990s. The civil suit alleges intentional infliction of emotional distress and conspiracy to commit fraud among other complaints.

In addition to the school district, the suit is against retired Joaquin Moraga  principal Bill Walters, retired assistant principal Paul Simonin and retired superintendent John Cooley, according to the Contra Costa Times.

Now 30, Cunnane is a Walnut Creek resident and the assistant head coach of the Cal women’s swim team. Between 1994 and 2000, Cunnane was molested by science teacher Dan Witters and then raped, stalked and abused by her P.E. teacher Julie Correa. Witters killed himself in 1996. Correa was arrested in 2010 and is serving an eight-year prison term.

Andrew September 29, 2012 at 03:39 PM
This subject has already used its 15 minutes of fame, next subject pleez
DC / Lafayette October 01, 2012 at 05:00 PM
@Xavier I Think there is both here (mostly anonamous, of course). There is the blow hard, arrogant, speaks with authority and all knowing who refuses to consider opposing views and gets hugely defensive if they are not agreed with and revered (some are getting defensive just reading this). Then, there are plenty of composed, rational, interesting and interested posters who appear to want to engage in a real discussion and accept debate. My biggest frustration with these conversations...when folks post as though they are a professional authority on a topic, throwing statements out, especially on the psychology of a topic...yet they have no credentials, just want to be heard and believed...anonamously. I think it is unfortunate, as Deborah states, if "anonymity frees someone to be able to speak the truth." We can all detect plenty of fictional comments....I think many of us are getting better at ignoring the fictional distractions and attempting to continue on with a good discussion. That's just my take.
sammy November 03, 2012 at 07:22 AM
Scott and Kristin, you are amazing role models for the community at large. Setting the precedent that this behavior by school administrators and teachers is unacceptable has been very needed in this community for some time! Your strength and detail in attending to this cause is amazing. WE many are behind you! You truly are amazing Kristin.
Deborah November 03, 2012 at 03:17 PM
In agreement with sammy.
lovelafayette February 25, 2013 at 03:52 PM
Cal swim coach Kristen Cunnane will share her inspiring tale of surviving child sex abuse in the Moraga school district in an hour-long show on the Oprah Winfrey Network on Tuesday. She will be featured on "Our America with Lisa Ling" at 10 p.m. Pacific time on Tuesday February 26, 2013 on OWN. OWN can be found on Comcast channel 220; DIRECTV 279; DISH Network 189 or 885; and AT&T U-verse 170 or 1170.


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