A former West Michigan assistant school principal was charged with criminal sexual conduct on Tuesday, July 7th, 2015 after an incident at the middle school where he was previously employed.
Kevin, 52, was accused of inappropriately touching a young student at Portage West Middle School on January 21, 2015. The incident took place in a classroom where other students as well as a classroom teacher were present.
The victim testified on September 22, 2015 that Doerfler came over to her and began rubbing her back with one hand while cupping her breast with the other as described in an article on MLive.
Doerfler denies the allegations, stating that he was simply checking on the student since she had been sick the day before and that he only placed a hand on her back.
Although there are some inconsistencies regarding exactly where the assistant principal’s hand was and what else was happening in the room at the time, two other students who were also present testified that they witnessed the scene and agreed that Doerfler’s behavior was inappropriate. Neither boy thought the touching could have been accidental.
Doerfler’s attorney, Randall Levine, spoke with WWMT News Channel 3 back in July saying, “Mr. Doerfler has been an advocate for children for 20 years and the last thing in the world he would ever do is hurt a child. There’s been no accusation of this kind ever in his entire career.”
Doerfler is on paid administrative leave from Portage Public Schools as he awaits trial in circuit court on a charge of second‐degree criminal conduct. The school district is conducting their own investigation and will also take the results of the criminal case into account when making a final decision regarding Doerfler’s future as an employee within the district.
What is the significance of these charges?
According to Michigan Legislature, a person is guilty of criminal sexual conduct in the second degree (a felony punishable by a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison) if they engage in sexual contact with another person AND if any of the following circumstances exist:
- The other person is under 16 years of age
- The actor is in a position of authority over the victim and the authority was used to coerce the victim to submit
- The actor is a teacher, substitute teacher, or administrator of a public school at which the other person is enrolled
What’s Your Take?
What do you think?
- Could this have been an accident or do you think Doerfler was seeking sexual gratification in the middle of a classroom with other students and a teacher present?
- Do you think that Doerfler deserves to be punished to the fullest extent of the law for behaving inappropriately with a student under his authority?
- Should the fact that this is the first complaint in the former assistant principal’s otherwise blemish‐free career be taken into consideration by the jury?
- How should this type of behavior be dealt with within the school district?
- Should this man be allowed to occupy a position of authority at a public school in the future?
If you or someone you know has been accused of sexual criminal conduct please contact my office. These cases can be difficult to navigate and require professional and expert legal counsel.
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