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Date: 05-14-2004

Case Style: Brandon Kelly, et al. v. Brady Smith and Champaign

Case Number: 01-CV-2184

Judge: David G. Bernthal

Court: United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois

Plaintiff's Attorney:

Mary Lee Leahy, Leahy Law Firm, Springfield, Illinois and Traci E Nally and Ellyn Bullock of Nally, Bauer, Feinen & Bullock, P.C., Champaign Illinois

Defendant's Attorney:

Brady Smity, pro se

Thomas G. DiCianni of Ancel, Glink, Diamond, Bush, DiCianni & Rolek, P.C., Chicago, Illinois for Champaign Community Unit School District No. 4.

Description: Plaintiffs claimed that Brady Smith sexually abused them when he was the dean of students at Franklin Middle School in Champaign, Illinois. Brandon Kelly and his mother, Dorothy Kelly Ward, claimed that Smith Smith groomed and sexually abused the Brandon as part of a pattern of sexual harassment and racial discrimination against young black male students. The plaintiffs also claimed that the defendant school district failed to investigate complaints by Ward. Smith was eventually arrested and convicted of indecent soliciation of a child to perrom a sex act.

Outcome: Defendants' verdict.

Plaintiff's Experts: Unknown

Defendant's Experts: Unknown

Comments: None

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