BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Four Erie County men have filed Child Victims Act cases against the Kenmore Tonawanda School District, accusing a former fifth-grade teacher of sexually abusing them as minors and forcing them to watch the sexual assault of other boys.
Each claim names Arthur Werner, a former fifth-grade teacher at Hoover Elementary School.
Three of the plaintiffs, all remaining anonymous, stated that during the 1973-74 school year, they were students of Werner, and were themselves sexually assaulted, abused, groomed and/or groped. They said they were also forced to watch Werner sexually assault other boys.
The fourth plaintiff makes identical claims, but stated the alleged abuse happened a year prior, while he was a 6th grade student.
Each lawsuit alleges negligence, carelessness, lack of supervision and lack of policies by the school district.