Second lawsuit filed against Camdenton Schools regarding janitor’s sexual misconduct

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo.– “John Doe 2” and his father “Joe Doe” are listed as the plaintiffs on the most recently-filed lawsuit against the Camdenton R-III School District regarding the alleged sexual misconduct performed by Jesse Devore, a former school janitor.

But John and Joe Doe aren’t the first anonymous plaintiffs to sue the district regarding Devore’s alleged actions.

Another lawsuit, filed by “John Doe 1” and his mother “Jane Doe” came first, though not by much as both lawsuits are said to have been filed on Aug. 27, 2020.

According to court records, Devore is facing four counts of sexual misconduct involving a child under 15. All counts are listed as Devore’s first offense.

Mugshot of Jesse Devore

But the list of defendants in each lawsuit goes well beyond Devore. Camdenton School Superintendent Dr. Timothy Hadfield, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Ryan Neal, and the entire school district are also named as defendants in each suit.

The latest suit also names Warren Devore as a defendant. “Father Devore” as he’s referred to throughout the suit, is said to have been the head of the district’s maintenance/custodial department.

According to a probable cause statement, one of the alleged sexual misconduct instances happened on March 12, 2019, when a student at Oakridge Elementary went to the bathroom and saw Jesse Devore “messing with himself” in one of the bathroom stalls.

Devore told investigators he denied that happened but the investigators watched security footage that showed the entrance of the bathroom and saw Devore enter the bathroom then a student enter the bathroom a few minutes later. About ten minutes after that, the student left the bathroom and was visibly upset and began talking to a teacher nearby, court records say.

The probable cause statement says Devore was been a suspect in similar cases where he exposed himself to a child while in the bathroom.

  • Oct. 30th 2013, Devore exposed himself to a child in a Walmart bathroom
  • Oct. 6th 2015, Devore exposed himself toa child outside his residence

Investigators also found that Devore was arrested in Webb City for domestic assault and controlled substance.

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