Child Sex Abuse Lawsuit Involving Former Barrington Middle School Teacher Seeks $25 Million in Damages








Former Barrington Middle School teacher Susan Maylahn sexually abused a special education student on over thirty occasions, a new lawsuit alleges.  The sexual abuse occurred from 2002 to 2004, when the student was twelve to fourteen years old.  The lawsuit, filed by The Blake Horwitz Law Firm, seeks $25 million in damages from Barrington Community Unit School District 220.

Plaintiff, John Doe, was born in 1990.  From 2001 to 2004, Doe was a special education student at Barrington Middle School, Prairie Campus, located at 40 East Dundee Road in Barrington.  Doe had previously been diagnosed with dyslexia and cerebral auditory processing disorder.

Susan Maylahn was Doe’s case manager during the 2001-2002 school year, when  Doe was in sixth grade.  When Doe was in seventh and eighth grade, Maylahn was Doe’s classroom teacher.  From 2002 to 2004, Maylahn sexually abused Doe on over thirty occasions.  These occasions of abuse included showing Doe pornography, genital touching, and intercourse.  Every occasion of abuse took place on the premises of Barrington Middle School, Prairie Campus.  Maylahn groomed Doe prior to abusing him.

At least one other school employee was aware of Maylahn’s abuse of Doe.  Additionally, Doe’s parents complained to school officials that Doe’s behavior had changed, and he was afraid and anxious to go to school.  Doe’s parents attributed his behavior to Maylahn and asked that Doe be moved out of Maylahn’s classroom.  However, no action was taken by the school district.  Maylahn died in 2014.

John Doe still lives with the effects of the terrible abuse he suffered at the hands of a predatory teacher.  However, Blake Horwitz, Doe’s attorney, is hopeful that Doe’s bravery in this matter will inspire other victims to come forward.

The Blake Horwitz Law Firm is committed to achieving justice for victims, especially victims of child sex abuse.  The firm holds the record for the largest recovery in U.S. history for a priest sex abuse case and continues to aggressively fight on behalf of victims.