Teen sues Virginia mall after sexual assault www.privateofficer.com
Roanoke, Va. Sept 29 2010 One million dollars.
That’s how much a teenager is asking for in a civil suit against Valley View Mall in Roanoke. The teen was sexually assaulted two years ago inside a dressing room.
In the suit, filed in Roanoke Circuit Court, the teen, who’s from Georgia, says she’s been traumatized to the point that her enjoyment of life has been severely impaired.
The incident happened in September 2008 when the victim, who was 16 at the time, was shopping with her sister at Abercrombie & Fitch. Soon after the attack, News7 sat down with the girl’s mother who took us through the entire incident.
The victim, was trying on clothes when Ryan Jason Sink forced his way into the dressing room, put his hand down her pants and held what’s believed to be a knife to her throat. Eventually a store employee realized something was off and rushed into the dressing room.
Sink was sentenced to 10 years in prison last September. However, the teen and her family say negligence is to blame. They’re suing the mall and the security company claiming a security guard and an Abercrombie employee saw Sink before the incident occurred and noticed he was intoxicated. Mall policy states anyone who is visibly drunk must be removed from the premises.
Abercrombie & Fitch is also named in the suit as well as the security company Emerson Russell Maintenance Co., and the owners of the mall, CBL & Associates.