AUBURN, Calif. (CN) – A year after “Mary Doe” arrived from a sheltered life in Columbia to be reunited with her mother, staff at Lincoln High School allowed her to leave campus a number of times with Marine recruiter Victor Sanchez-Millan, says the parents’ complaint. The 23-year-old man, married with an infant child, is said to have plied the 16-year-old with alcohol and had sex with her in a motel on these intimate rendezvous.
The parents also state in the complaint that Sanchez was convicted of the crime in Sacramento Superior Court. More than once, a member of the school office staff gave the student a pass back to class, at Sanchez-Millan’s request.
Because “Mary Doe” had gone to a private Catholic school, and spoke little English, her parents had discussed the open campus policy and declined to sign the paper that allowed her to leave the school.
Sanchez-Millan met “Mary Doe” at a school job fair, and that day, he tried to get her to be his “friend” on MySpace.
The next day, he showed up at the school office and tried to get her to go with him to his office for a “preliminary recruiting test.” On the third day, he called her residence, and then, uninvited, showed up in a government car, even though her parents had told him that her signing up for the Marine Corps that year was premature.
He convinced them to let her go with him. That evening he began his “predatory grooming” for “sexual purposes,” according to the complaint. After many cell phone calls and MySpace messages that the parents, who are also Doe plaintiffs, did not know about, Sanchez-Millan was allowed to repeatedly remove their child from school.
The plaintiff’s sued Western Placer Unified School District, initially in Sacramento County Superior Court on May 12. The case was transferred to Placer County Superior Court Sept. 24. The plaintiffs are represented by James Sweeney, Stephen Green and Lauren Borden Riddell of Sweeney & Greene of Elk Grove, and Michael Hackard and Michael Mace of Hackard Law Group of Sacramento.