Family sues after school janitor charged with raping teen

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Credit: JaruekChairak

A family in Tennessee is suing a school district and the employer of a female janitor who is accused of raping a 16-year-old boy at school.

Jessica E. Galyon, 29, was arrested Feb. 23 and charged with aggravated statutory rape and related charges, according to the Knoxville News-Sentinel.

The lawsuit claims that Galyon began to harass the boy, a student at Midway High School, last August, making unwanted sexual advances. The actions escalated to the point where the boy confronted Galyon at school, and Galyon took the boy into a room and raped him, according to authorities.

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Galyon's obsession with the boy was well-known to other students and faculty members, who bullied the boy, according to the lawsuit. The boy dropped out of school after the assault and is now being home-schooled and attending counseling sessions.

The boy's family is suing Roane County Schools and Galyon's employer, Compass One Services, for $4.5 million in damages.