A South Bay high school student has recently filed a lawsuit against the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), accusing an assistant coach of sexually abusing her. The student, who remains anonymous in court records, claims that Juan “John” Colon began the abuse when she was 15 years old. The lawsuit further alleges that neither the school nor district officials took any action to intervene and actively worked to cover up Colon’s misconduct.
Colon, 50, was arrested in early January and charged with two counts of felony unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor, dating back to alleged offenses on July 1. He also faces a misdemeanor count of annoying/molesting a minor, which allegedly occurred on June 1. After posting bond, Colon is scheduled to appear in court on February 20. It is unclear whether he has legal representation at this time.
According to the lawsuit, Colon engaged in unwanted sexual acts, including sexual touching and contact, with the plaintiff. The lawsuit also claims that Colon groomed the girl for abuse by providing financial assistance and then demanding repayment, isolating her through social media, and confiding in her about his personal life. The victim’s attorney, Morgan A. Stewart, expressed the emotional toll this has taken on her client, emphasizing the trauma she experienced and the realization that she should have never been subjected to such abuse while on campus.
The lawsuit reveals that at one point, the teenager lived with Colon for an undisclosed period and listed him as her emergency contact. The girl’s family became aware of the alleged abuse on January 4, leading to Colon’s arrest by the Los Angeles Police Department the following day. Stewart describes the entire situation as a series of mistakes, starting with the failure of LAUSD’s hiring practices, which allowed Colon to be present on campus.
Although Colon’s employment status at Westchester Enriched Sciences Magnets is not confirmed, the lawsuit alleges that he worked as a coach and tutor. The plaintiff’s attorneys assert that Colon was hired without undergoing a background check, which violates LAUSD policy. The district declined to comment on his employment status. The lawsuit also claims that female students reported Colon’s inappropriate behavior to school administrators, but he was not reported to law enforcement. While questioned about his actions, Colon allegedly failed to discontinue his sexual behavior with students.
In light of these allegations, it is important to note that the girls’ basketball team at Westchester is set to open the quarterfinal round of the CIF Los Angeles City Section playoffs on Saturday, hosting El Camino Real.