Lawsuit claims Katy ISD knew teacher was a sexual predator and ignored it

A lawsuit filed against Katy ISD has been updated to add even more details.  The suit claims the district knew a teacher was sexually preying on students and didn’t do anything to stop him.

“This case is troubling to me,” says civil attorney Josh Verde.

The lawsuit against Katy ISD accuses the district of knowing art teacher Robert Milton was a “pedophile” long before 2016 when he was arrested for having sex with a Katy High School student.

“It looks like there was an intentional effort to protect Rob Milton, instead of the students,” says Verde who filed the lawsuit on behalf of that former Katy High School student.  The young lady is now 20 years old and is listed in the suit as Jane Doe.

Verde says way back in 2001 when Milton was working at a different Katy ISD school, he says Milton was having sex with yet another girl who’s listed as Jackie in the lawsuit. 

“Her uncle who discovered this relationship brought it to the attention of Mayde Creek High School at the time she was there and rather than report Milton to the authorities and take the appropriate action they just transferred him to another school,” Verde explains. 

Verde says Milton was transferred from Mayde Creek to Katy High.  According to the lawsuit in 2012 Milton was placed on administrative leave for allegedly having sex with a third student listed as Becky but the suit says Katy ISD police ultimately found no wrongdoing.

The lawsuit claims over the years several teachers, a librarian and even a janitor reported Milton was sexually inappropriate with female students.  Verde says if those claims hadn't fallen on deaf ears his client would've never fallen victim.

“I think it’s going to take a long time for her to get back to normal,” says Verde. 

Former Katy High School art teacher Robert Milton entered a guilty plea to Felony Improper Relationship With a Student and accepted four years deferred adjudication.

Katy ISD says the district can't comment on pending lawsuits.