LORAIN — Former charter school teacher Ezais Robinson avoided prison for having images of a 14-year-old student on his phone, but he didn’t avoid being sued by the girl’s mother.
The lawsuit, filed Thursday in Lorain County Court of Common Pleas, said the girl has suffered psychological damage from the incident including anxiety, depression and panic attacks. The suit, filed by attorney Bruce Bogart, seeks in excess of $25,000 for anticipated medical expenses as well as attorney’s fees and punitive damages.
Robinson, 40, of Lorain, formerly taught at the now defunct Arts Academy in Lorain, which closed last year amid allegations of money mismanagement and unethical conduct by school officials. Robinson pleaded guilty in April to charges of illegal use of a minor in nude material and tampering with evidence after prosecutors agreed to drop additional charges of pandering obscenity involving a minor.
The girl sent images to Robinson’s cell phone in September and October 2010. Authorities were alerted after another student picked up the phone and saw them.
Robinson couldn’t be reached for comment Thursday, and his attorney, Michael Polito, said he hadn’t read the suit and declined comment. The suit also names several former school officials, including founder Alexis Rainbow, who didn’t return a call.