The mother, named Jane Doe in court documents to protect the identity of her son, is seeking $500,000 in damages from 53-year-old Robert Troup for pain and suffering, emotional distress and for his “malicious conduct,” according to the lawsuit. She filed the suit on behalf of her son.
Troup faces four federal child pornography charges related to the incidents.
“His conduct is so reprehensible, and such an invasion of privacy of the people in that locker room," said Michael Anderson, the mother's attorney. “It’s a heinous criminal act, but I think it's even worse civally."
Anderson said the mother filed the lawsuit to try to get answers.
"No one knows what he did with (the images), whether they are being circulated on the Internet as child pornography … it's the great unknown."
Anderson said he hopes the lawsuit will help find those answers.
The lawsuit contends that the boy has suffered “severe mental and emotional distress” and has incurred medical expenses for therapy.
Troup had been a janitor for the school district for 21 years, and worked the overnight shift at Penn High School when the incident occurred.
He was originally charged in December with three counts of voyeurism by the St. Joseph County Prosecutor, but that case was dismissed in lieu of his indictment in South Bend’s U.S. District Court earlier this year.
Troup’s four federal charges consist of three counts of enticing a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct to produce pornography, and one count of possession of child pornography.
He has pleaded not guilty and is being held in the St. Joseph County Jail awaiting his June 11 trial.
U.S. District Judge Jon DeGuilio refused to allow Troup out of jail before his trial, saying he failed to show that he is not a danger to the community.
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