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June 12, 2014

Another student claims sex abuse by former Freeburg school superintendent

A fifth former elementary student in Freeburg alleges sexual abuse by former Freeburg School District 70 Superintendent Robin Hawkins, according to a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday.

Court documents identify the student by a fictitious name and allege the abuse occurred while he attended seventh and eighth grades from the spring of 2008 to the spring of 2009 at Carl L. Barton Elementary School in Freeburg.

The lawsuit further alleges school officials knew of other alleged abuse of students by Hawkins, and their "deliberate indifference" led to students left unprotected from Hawkins. The abuse occurred on school premises, the suit alleges.Administrators with Freeburg Consolidated School District 70 could not be reached for comment Thursday.

The alleged victim, currently about 19 years old, suffers from permanent physical and mental injuries from the abuse, including panic attacks, sexual dysfunction, intimacy dysfunction and behavioral dysfunction.

Similar allegations from four other students resulted in more than $5.6 million in legal settlements from the district to the alleged victims in 2013. Those cases allege sexual abuse occurred between the early 1980s through 2009.

Hawkins committed suicide in 2009 while Illinois State Police detectives were investigating him for allegedly sexually abusing a male student.

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