All three judges in the Third Judicial District have recused themselves from the Cedar Creek civil lawsuit, citing potential bias in the case. (See Court Filing Below)
The civil lawsuit was filed in September 2021. Parents of a minor who formerly attended Cedar Creek School filed the lawsuit against faculty, administration and the parents of eight minors who also attended Cedar Creek School. The civil lawsuit claims that the minors sexually abused and bullied the plaintiff.
The minors mentioned in the civil lawsuit were also summoned to juvenile court.
The judges – Monique B. Clement, Thomas W. Rogers and Bruce E. Hampton – all expressed either employment or relationship conflicts with the civil suit.
Clement said the wife of one of the other judges was employed by one of the defendants in the case and because of the personal relationship her daughter has with other minors involved in the proceeding and recused herself.
Rogers said he had close personal and business relationships with one of the families involved as a defendant in the case and recused himself.
Hampton said his spouse is employed by one of the defendants and recused himself. His wife, Cindy Hampton, is the interim head of Cedar Creek School after previous head Andy Yepson announced his retirement last Friday.
As a result of the recusal of the judges, the civil lawsuit will head to the Louisiana Supreme Court to be reassigned to a different state court for hearing..
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