By JB Clark
OXFORD – A former Monroe County school teacher recently sentenced to 20 years in prison for statutory rape is being pursued in a civil suit filed in the Northern District of Mississippi.
Brian K. Flanner is being sued by “John and Jane Doe” on behalf of the unnamed victim of the rape.
The suit alleges that on Sept. 25, 2012, Flanner told the victim she needed to stay late for a review session in order to prepare for her nine-week exam. When the student arrived, the suit alleges Flanner locked the classroom door and instructed the victim to remove her clothes. When she refused, Flanner allegedly threatened her and forcibly pulled off her clothing.
The victim was unable to call for help because Flanner allegedly wore a utility belt with a loaded firearm at all times and did not remove it when he raped the victim.
Flanner pleaded guilty to the charge of statutory rape Feb. 20, entering an open plea before Circuit Court Judge Thomas Gardner in Lee County even though the case was out of Monroe County.
Gardner sentenced Flanner to 20 years in prison, 10 of which are to be served and 10 suspended.
Flanner was employed at the Advanced Learning Center where he taught about the court system, law enforcement, fire and emergency services and the military.
The Monroe County School District, Superintendent Scott Cantrell and Principal Billy Loague also are named in the lawsuit. The suit alleges the other defendants should have never allowed Flanner to wear the firearm on educational property.