Orange Center, principal's estate sued in molest case

The Fresno BeeJuly 1, 2014 

The former principal of Orange Center Elementary who killed himself last month allegedly touched a 10-year-old female student's groin and molested her on multiple occasions, according to a claim filed this week against the school district and the now-deceased principal's estate.

The claim that names Lance Clement, 42, says he allegedly called the young plaintiff into his office at least 15 times.

He'd tell office staff that he was working with the youngster on school work, then shower her with costly presents including an iPod and touch her in inappropriate places, the suit alleges.

Orange Center's temporary principal, Camilla Sutherland, said the district's legal team is reviewing the claim.

The allegations come less than a month after Clement shot himself when Fresno County sheriff's officials showed up at his Hanford-area home with a search warrant. Reports from at least three students, including the plaintiff, helped uncover Clement's alleged behavior, the affidavit requesting the warrant shows.

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