Wednesday , June 12 2024

Alleged Child Molestation Victim Sues Reedley Little League

The Reedley Little League organization is being sued by a man who says he was sexually abused by a former coach.  The alleged victim claims he was repeatedly molested by David Blancas in 1991.  Blancas is also a former Valley teacher, who’s now in prison for other child molestation convictions.

The alleged victim’s attorney claims Reedley Little League didn’t monitor the situation the way a organization dealing with children should have.  He says it was clear Blancas had formed a close relationship with the young victim, and says the abuse could have been prevented.

In 2013, David Blancas, a former valley athletic director, was sent to prison – convicted of repeatedly sexually molesting two boys.  Wednesday, a third alleged victim came forward.

Alleged victim “J.B.” says, “This has been devastating, life altering.”

The man, identified only as “J.B,” is suing the Reedley Little League organization for failing to notice warning signs.  J.B. was 12 years old when he was coached by Blancas.  He says the abuse started in 1991.

J.B.’s attorney Brian Kabateck says, “Causing a child to strip down to his underwear, take off his clothes and take a shower in front of him.”

In 1995, J.B. told his therapist about the alleged abuse.  The information was then passed onto the Fresno County Sheriff’s Department.  We obtained the report detailing the disturbing allegations, but charges were never filed.

By that time, Blancas was employed at the Monson-Sultana School District.  When the superintendent heard of the allegations, he requested a copy of the report but never received it due to a technical error.

Kabateck says, “They allowed the teacher to stay there, and as a result of that, my other clients were sexually raped by this predator. It could’ve been stopped and it should’ve been stopped.”

Kabateck also represents the two other victims, who suffered abuse 10 and 20 years after the first reports.  Both are suing the school district, claiming it also turned a blind eye to many red flags.

We did reach out to the Reedley Little League organization and the school district several times, but our calls were not returned.

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