CONCORD -- The law firm representing the Mt. Diablo school district said it will not comment on specific allegations in two lawsuits filed Tuesday related to suspected child molestation by a former Woodside Elementary teacher. The lawsuits allege several past and current employees and trustees failed to alert police or Child Protective Services about suspicions related to teacher Joseph Martin when they first came to light in 2005-06.
The law firm Meyers Nave said in a prepared statement that it is legally prohibited from discussing any specific child, employee or incident related to the lawsuits, due to privacy rights granted by state and federal law. However, the district is taking the allegations seriously, is investigating the claims and is working with law enforcement agencies, according to the firm.