A school principal’s letter of reference that helped a pedophile secure a teaching job in 1975 has come back to haunt him now that a federal judge has ruled that a West Virginia man who was allegedly molested more than two decades later may pursue a claim against a Pennsylvania school district under the “state-created danger” doctrine.

In his 23-page opinion in Pascocciello v. Interboro School District, U.S. District Judge John R. Padova rejected the school district’s argument that the reference letter could not be deemed the cause of the plaintiff’s harm due to the lengthy passage of time.

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