A law firm has announced they are conducting a civil investigation involving a Guilford County Public Schools teacher who was arrested in March of this year for multiple counts of sexual assault of a student.
The Rhine Law Firm said in a press release that they are representing a student who alleges they were sexually assaulted by Christopher Arnell Holland and that the firm is focusing on if the district knew about Holland’s activities.
“On behalf of our clients and community, we are conducting a civil investigation into the facts of Holland’s actions, separate from those investigations being conducted by law enforcement and/or the school system.” said the press release. “Our focus is on whether anyone employing Holland knew of his behavior and should bear any responsibility within our civil justice system to his victims.”
In March of this year, Christopher Arnell Holland, age 37, was charged with nine counts of sex acts with a student. At the time of his arrest, he was being held under two secured bonds totaling $350,000. Those bonds have since been reduced to $200,000.
Greensboro Police Department received a report in August 2019 that Holland had an inappropriate sexual relationship with a former female student who had attended Dudley High School. The student was a juvenile at the time of the alleged sexual activity.
The case is still open. Anyone with information on the case is encouraged to call Greensboro police at (336) 373-2255.
Accompanying the Rhine Law Firm’s press release was a records request to Guilford County Schools, addressed to Superintendent Sharon Contreras.
The records request notes the firm is representing a “victim of sexual abuse” that occurred within the last four years at a Guilford school and a request that the district “notify their insurer” if they have not already done so.
The firm is asking for a copy of any grievances or complaints made about Holland going back to 2017.
The request asks for six sets of items including copies of insurance policies that cover injuries to students who are sexual assault victims by an employee or teacher. In addition, the firm requests copies of insurance policies that cover the district for “negligent” hiring, evaluation, retention, supervision, and investigation of sexual abuse claims brought by students.
The records request also asks for all documents related to Holland including any communications, emails, text or chats made on “any device, phone or computer” and including any and all backed up server data.
Read the full request below: