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Pinnacle Schools victims hire lawyers for civil lawsuit

Julian Lorenzo Boykin (Source: Huntsville Police Department) Julian Lorenzo Boykin (Source: Huntsville Police Department)

A 31-year-old school security guard will be in court later this month to answer to torture and willful child abuse of a child non family member.

Huntsville Police arrested and charged 31-year-old Julian Lorenzo Boykin on Halloween.

At least five teens from The Pinnacle Schools claimed the security guard beat them while they were at school. The Pinnacle Schools launched an investigation that eventually led to Boykin's arrest.

The school released the following statement through an attorney:

"The Pinnacle Schools has thoroughly investigated this matter. We interviewed all witnesses that have been made available to us and we strongly believe Mr. Boykin is innocent of the charges made against him."

Boykin was released from the Madison County Jail on a $10,000 bond.

Several of the victims have hired James Gallini and Champ Lyons III to represent them in a civil case.

"It's shocking and very troubling to hear that a private facility that is employed and retained by Huntsville City Schools would allow this to go on in what is supposed to be an education setting," said Lyons III.

Civil litigation against any party cannot start until after Boykin's criminal matter is resolved.

Huntsville City Schools pays The Pinnacle Schools more than $1.5-million to take some of the district's most trouble students.

At least three of the five students involved in the attack allegations were expelled from Huntsville City Schools prior to attending the alternative school.

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