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2013 in review: Sexual assault victim sues Burr Ridge school district

<p>Adam Kelley says he is filing his lawsuit in part ot give victims of sexual assault the courage to speak up. | Bill Dwyer~Sun-Times Media</p>

Adam Kelley says he is filing his lawsuit in part to give victims of sexual assault the courage to speak up. | Bill Dwyer/Sun-Times Media

A lawsuit filed in federal court in Chicago in July accuses a fired Concordia University baseball coach of drugging and raping a 13-year-old middle-school boy in the mid-1990s.

In the suit, Spiro Lempesis is accused of sexually assaulting the Burr Ridge Middle School student starting in eighth grade and continuing until the boy was a junior in high school.

The plaintiff in the suit is the former student, Adam Kelley. The defendants are Lempesis, Burr Ridge Elementary School District 180 and Burr Ridge Middle School. The school district is accused of negligence for allegedly failing in its responsibility to assure Kelley’s safety and well-being.

The suit contends that more than one student was victimized. Lempesis, the suit alleges, provided the boys with alcohol and drugs, “allowing fondling of the plaintiff and brutally raping plaintiff on several occasions.”

While pledging the district’s complete cooperation, District 180 Superintendent Tom Schneider said the allegations have nothing to do with the current administration.

Taxpayers also questioned the inclusion of the current administration in the lawsuit, saying that their tax dollars should not have to be spent defending an alleged incident from so long ago.

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