Suit filed over attack by rapist working at San Bernardino school

Parents of a 13-year-old girl who was raped by a registered sex offender working at a middle school have filed a $7 million lawsuit.

The parents are suing the San Bernardino school district and a Rancho Cucamonga construction company for allegedly failing to investigate or monitor 34-year-old Darold Hecht. The twice-convicted sex offender was allowed to supervise a construction project at Cesar Chavez Middle School in 2006.

Prosecutors say Hecht seduced a student and sexually assaulted her. He was sentenced to 24 years in prison last year.

An attorney for Ledesma & Meyer Construction Co. says the lawsuit is a surprise and the company prides itself on having an outstanding reputation.

School district spokeswoman Linda Bardere said Monday the district hasn't seen the lawsuit.

Information from: The Sun, www.sbsun.com

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