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Four More Women Accuse DCPS Teacher Of Sexual Misconduct

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Ayanna Blue's lawsuit accusing a DCPS teacher of sexual misconduct has cased four other women to come forward with the same charges.
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Ayanna Blue's lawsuit accusing a DCPS teacher of sexual misconduct has cased four other women to come forward with the same charges.

The attorney, Scott Gilbert, started out representing D.C. resident Ayanna Blue. She is suing DCPS after she became pregnant with the child of of Robert Weismiller, who was her teacher when she attended the Transition Academy at Shadd in Southeast D.C.

Since the suit was filed, four more women -- all of whom were teenagers in the 1970s and 1980s -- have come forward saying that Weismiller had inappropriate sexual contact with them, says Gilbert. And he says there may well be more victims.

The four women attended schools in Prince William County, Va., and Prince George's County, Md. when Weismiller was their teacher. When they saw news stories about Weismiller recently, they contacted attorney Gilbert.

"It shows conclusively we're dealing with a decades-long child molester," says Gilbert.

Ayanna Blue has a 15-month-old baby that DNA has shown with 99 percent certainty to be Weismiller's child. She was attending Shadd -- a school for at-risk students -- because she had been diagnosed as "emotionally disturbed."

"I was depressed, I had a lot of home issues going on," says Ayanna.

She says other teachers knew about their relationship but did nothing. Ayanna says she trusted him.

"I ask myself why did he pick me out of everybody? Why me?" she says. "I know now. He saw that I was weak."

DCPS has filed a request for the case to be dismissed. The school district says all teachers undergo an FBI criminal background check and has filed a request for the case to be dismissed.

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