POSTED: 9:59 pm PDT August 22, 2011
Diane Young Says Then-Superintendent Patrick Judd Sexually Harassed Her
PINE VALLEY, Calif. — A judge has ruled in favor of a former Mountain Empire High School principal who was let go months after she accused the school district superintendent of sexual harassment.
Former principal Diane Young told 10News, “We think we’re living in the 21st century as far as women and we really aren’t.”
She said the emotional wounds that former district superintendent Patrick Judd inflicted on her will never fully heal.
“It was so painful that for the first time in my life, I ended up taking anti-depressants,” said Young.
After the trial, the judge awarded Young $150,000 for emotional distress. The ruling came five years after Young said Judd asked her to go to a motel with him while she was principal at Mountain Empire High School in Pine Valley.
Young said when she turned him down, Judd then approached her several times requesting oral sex.
“You just hurt all over and you don’t know where to go with it,” she said.
Shortly after, Young says several more women came forward with similar stories.
“How many more are there in the district this happened to that did not speak up?” she asked.
Judd later resigned. More than a year later, Young was told to leave by a new superintendent. Young called it retaliation.
“He is a friend of Mr. Judd’s,” she said.
That is when Young filed suit against the Mountain Empire Unified School District.
After San Diego Superior Court Judge, Joel R. Wohlfeil ruled in her favor, he stated in court documents that the $150,000 award “…will not replace the sense of fulfillment [Young] was retaliatorily deprived of as a principal.”
“It is just a relief that this is finally out and acknowledged,” Young told 10News.
10News called Judd to get his reaction to the verdict. He told 10News, “No comment.”
10News also reached out to Daniel Shinoff, the attorney for the Mountain Empire Unified School District for comment, but 10News’ phone calls were not returned.