Episcopal School of Dallas Settles Sex Abuse Case: Doe v. ESD Dallas

Student Awarded $9 Million Jury Verdict in Episcopal School of Dallas Case

Charla Aldous represented "Jane Doe" (name withheld because she was a minor), formerly a student at ESD Dallas, in Doe vs. The Episcopal School of Dallas. Doe's ESD Dallas teacher J. Nathan Campbell exploited her and drew her into a sexual relationship. He toyed with her emotions and promised her they'd run off together with his three-year-old son.

When the Episcopal School of Dallas discovered the relationship, officials allowed Campbell to hand in his letter of resignation quietly.

ESD Dallas didn't even tell her mom and dad! Later, as the student's emotions overwhelmed her -- she often asked friends if they'd seen Campbell with his wife -- ESD Dallas expelled her. The school cited "distractions" in their reasoning.

The school's reprehensible and sometimes illegal behavior didn't end there. To avoid more negative publicity for the school, Episcopal School of Dallas administrator Chris Burrow called to give Campbell advice to keep from being charged with statutory rape. (Campbell recorded the conversation for authorities.)

In the civil case, ESD Dallas demanded a change of venue because of all the news coverage.

In reality, the school's attorneys hoped the delay would overlap Doe's freshman year of college and force her to settle out of court so she wouldn't miss school.

Chief Academic Officer Rebecca Royall, in her deposition, testified she wasn't clear whether Doe actually was abused at all. ESD Dallas's attorneys called to the stand witnesses to smear Doe's reputation, testifying she was "overly friendly" and "sexually suggestive."

Episcopal School of Dallas founder Rev. Stephen Swann, also ESD Dallas's headmaster for more than 20 years, claimed he "didn't know" the age of consent in Texas is 17.

Swann also claimed not to know that sexual relations between a teacher and a school is always illegal despite any other circumstances.

Aldous secured a $9 million jury verdict for Doe. Later the school settled out of court with an NDA to prevent Doe from speaking about the incident in public. ESD Dallas teacher Campbell received no jail time in the criminal case, just 10 years of "deferred adjudication," which is a kind of probation.