Riverhead High School principal Charles Regan at commencement in June 2018. File photo: Denise Civiletti

See press conference coverage: Riverhead principal shared explicit texts and half-naked photos with student before sexually assaulting her, according to lawsuit

Riverhead High School principal Charles Regan is being accused of sexually assaulting an 18-year-old female student and “grooming” her over a period of months, according to the student’s attorney.

Attorney John Ray this morning announced a $10 million lawsuit on behalf of the student against the Riverhead Central School District and the principal in connection with his alleged “predatory” behavior and “gross sexual misconduct.”

He claims in a press release that Regan “sexually assaulted a female high school senior last week, after grooming her for sexual seduction.” The principal “sent her sexually-charged licentious texts, a porn meme and near-naked selfie, encouraged her to masturbate, then sexually assaulted her in his office” last Monday, according to the attorney.

Ray announced a press conference with the student and her parents in his Miller Place office today at 12:30 p.m., where he said he will display  “offensive photos and texts.”

Regan was administratively reassigned by the school district last week for a “personnel investigation,” the district said in a statement from the superintendent.

“This foul creature has done this before,” Ray said. “But he has been tolerated. The local police absurdly refuse to act because the student victim is 18. The school district has not suspended him, but only ‘reassigned’ him,” Ray said in the press release.

“He should not be anywhere near children. We are calling for various immediate remedies. We are also suing Regan and the school district for $10,000,000.00. Perhaps this will finally stimulate the school district’s moral sensibilities,” Ray said.

The school district through a spokesperson this morning said it would have no further comment. In its published statement last week, the district said it was “legally prohibited from sharing further details on the investigation.”

This is a developing story. Please check back later for additional information.

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Denise is a veteran local reporter, editor, attorney and former Riverhead Town councilwoman. Her work has been recognized with numerous awards, including investigative reporting and writer of the year awards from the N.Y. Press Association. She is a founder, owner and co-publisher of this website.Email Denise.