Child Sex Abuse Trial Against Lodi Unified School District Set to Begin on Monday, February 4, 2013, in San Joaquin Superior Court

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Manly and Stewart announces the trial of a sexual abuse lawsuit against the Lodi
Unified School District and Richard Dale Evans regarding Evans' alleged
molestation of the special needs plaintiff, who is a child, while he was a
school bus driver for the District.
STOCKTON, Calif.,  Feb. 1, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- Attorneys representing Diana
C., a 10-year-old special needs child who was molested at age 8 by a school bus
driver employed by the Lodi Unified School District (LUSD), will be trying the
case before a jury in the San Joaquin Superior Court on  Monday, February 4,

The suit alleges that  Dale Evans, a driver employed by LUSD to transport the
victim to her special needs classroom, sexually assaulted and molested her.  

Evans' assault on the victim was captured by a video camera on board the school
bus.  He was convicted and sentenced to 25 years in prison for his crimes.

Evans had been previously convicted of soliciting a prostitute while driving a
potato chip delivery truck in 2000, engaging in sexual acts with her in the
truck for  $10.00  and a bag of potato chips. The lawsuit alleges that LUSD
failed to adequately investigate Evans' background prior to hiring him as a bus

"Evans engaged in an illegal sexual act in a company vehicle," said victim's
attorney  Vince Finaldi.  "With his background, the district should have known
that he might engage in illicit sexual activity in a company vehicle again-he
should have never been hired to transport and supervise vulnerable children."  

The lawsuit further alleges that LUSD has a policy of not watching the video
footage recorded by cameras on its school buses and allegedly had refused to
review the footage upon a direct request from the victim's parents.

LUSD initially went to court and attempted to prevent this case from going to
trial arguing that the result could force school districts throughout the state
to conduct more stringent background checks of prospective employees.  

About  John Manly  and Manly & Stewart:  The founding partner at  Manly &
Stewart  in  Irvine, California,  John Manly  was named one of  California's
"Top 100 Attorneys" by the Los Angeles Daily Journal and is  California's
preeminent  attorney representing victims of sexual abuse. Over the past decade,
John and his legal team have been heavily involved in the most significant
sexual abuse actions litigated across the nation, assisting in the recovery of
more than a billion dollars-through trial and settlement-on behalf sexual abuse

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MEDIA CONTACT: Lawrence Robert, +1-949-413-9814, John Manly or Vince Finaldi
(Kathy Frederiksen), +1-949-252-9990,

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