Teens sue Levine over sex tapes

Monday, October 12, 2009 at 11:24pm

The civil legal fallout has begun in the case of former high-school teacher Louis J. Levine, who is facing federal criminal charges after police raided his Belle Meade home last April and said he had been videotaping local teenagers engaged in sex acts.

Three minors from a Nashville family, identified only by the pseudonyms John, Jane and George Doe, are the plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed Friday against Levine in Davidson County Circuit Court. Their mother, named as Sally Doe, filed on their behalf.

The legal complaint says the youngsters were in Levine's home prior to his arrest and that he provided them with marijuana and alcohol. It states that while they were present, Levine "encouraged and/or allowed sexual activity to take place at various locations in his home" and surreptitiously filmed what was going on, "either for his own prurient reasons or for financial benefit."

Levine's conduct, the lawsuit claims, was "outrageous and offensive to the sensibilities of our society and constitutes the offense of intentional infliction of emotional distress."

The three teens "are unaware of what activity of theirs may have been taped or what happened to the tapes," the filing adds, and have suffered "extreme emotional distress" over the matter.

The lawsuit seeks compensatory damages of $300,000 per child and punitive damages of $1 million for each alleged victim. Mary A. Parker and Stephen C. Crofford of the Parker & Crofford law firm represent the family.

Levine has remained in jail since his arrest on April 7 at his home, 133 Alton Road.

Assistant U.S. Attorney S. Carran "Carrie" Daughtrey is leading the team prosecuting him for production of child pornography. His criminal defense attorney is Peter J. Strianse of Tune, Entrekin, and White PC.

Levine, 53, taught in Metro Nashville schools as a substitute teacher for several years. He was a high-school science teacher in the Murfreesboro school system prior to his arrest.

Witnesses have told prosecutors they took part in sex- and drug-related activity with Levine during their teen years as long ago as 1977.

In an affidavit filed in Nashville's U.S. District Court at the time of Levine's arrest, an FBI agent said Levine had confirmed the account of a 16-year-old boy who recalled waking two years ago from a drug-induced slumber at the house to find his trousers down and Levine fondling him.

"Society looks at this differently than I do," Levine reportedly stated about the incident.


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12 Comments on this post:

By: scotty2hotty on 10/13/09 at 5:32

I am sorry that this type of crap happens to young people. BUT for these teens to try to sue after they knowingly used drugs and alcohol. The used these items on thier own accord. I say if they are awarded and money they need to be arrested for using the drugs and alcohol. PERIOD. If not it will send a message of its ok to use these drugs and alcohol and you can sue if you do. YOU WANT TO ACT LIKE ADULTS AND DRINK AND DO DRUGS. THEN ACT LIKE IT. AND TAKE RESPONSABILITY FOR YOUR OWN ACTIONS. I dont think what this man did was right. HE SHOULD BE HUNG FROM THE NECK UNTIL DEAD. COME ON PEOPLE. SUING SOMEONE BECAUSE YOU GOT TAPED DOING WHAT YOU WANTED TO DO. OH PLEASE. GROW UP.

By: Funditto on 10/13/09 at 5:47

I disagree. Levine provided the drugs and no doubt, the kids felt they had no choice or were pressured into the activity. That is usually the case when this sort of things happens.

By: sidneyames on 10/13/09 at 6:21

Funditto, everyone has choices. Teens today KNOW more about drug abuse than ever and the choice is to walk away; call a parent or call the police. I'm 62 and at 14, I knew better than to even think about doing "dope" as we called it back then. And you can bet it was available, as was sex with teachers if one was stupid enough to do it. They call it Dope for a reason. And as for this guy having 2 or 3 million lying around to pay off a law suit, I'm sort of doubtful he will have it. I hope they get help to overcome the psychological effects of his abuse, but I also hope they get help with making better personal choices and not letting "peer" or "authority figure" pressure ruin or run their lives. Most modern day teen agers have heard of these stories and should know how to get help by now.

By: BigPapa on 10/13/09 at 7:13

Wow funditto talk about projecting.... this just seems like a money grab from somone looking to cash in on a bad situation.

By: nothingbutagthng on 10/13/09 at 7:26

I agree this lawsuit is ridiculous someone smells a paycheck he was a high school teacher and the kids are presumable at least 15 its not like he was taping young children that had zero clue of what was going on. Besides how did he have access to these kids for the amount of time for them to get drunk , drugged , have sex and sober up. If they were that innocent than the parents should have missed where George , Jane , and John where at such late hours. I have 3 kids and know where they are 24-7 now when they get older I may not but by then I will have realized they are not longer innocent or little but young adults that understand to not hang out with their high school teacher getting liquored up being filmed having sex and if they do I will not be in civil court trying to sue. Criminal charges I agree with. Suing no

By: girliegirl on 10/13/09 at 7:50

Sometimes the only thing a perp understands is ... money. Most of these guys are repeat offenders, right? We have activist judges around the country right now who have decided that incarceration does not work on sexual offenders, so.... they let the perps OUT! So if the LAW won't fix the situation, maybe the victims can...by suing. ;-) And Sidney, you and I both know that when you're a teen you don't have the cognitive skills to make proper choices/decisions. That's why we "try" them as juveniles, not adults. :-)

By: sidneyames on 10/13/09 at 8:04

To nothingbut, I agree with this: Besides how did he have access to these kids for the amount of time for them to get drunk , drugged , have sex and sober up. If they were that innocent than the parents should have missed where George , Jane , and John where at such late hours. Parents have to take some responsibility. I've seen some "mothers" let just anybody babysit so they could have free time away from their own kids. That's a set up for a predator. Girlie, cognitive skills are as you say, weak as a teen in some cases. BUT parental leadership should prevail and teens should be able to make some better choices about their own bodies. After all, it's not like we haven't been TALKING ABOUT IT FOR YEARS. By the way, girlie, somebody on CL said I was GG. I said "no she's younger, better looking and smarter than I am".

By: girliegirl on 10/13/09 at 8:21

@Sidney..... You are too good to me, girlfriend. LOL Hey, did you see where Rush wants to buy a football team? I'm thinkin'... "hell, yes" .... Let the man buy a team! It's not as if he'll be in the press box doing commentary or anything~ The Titans could use some money or maybe just some REALL GOOD mojo! :-)

By: girliegirl on 10/13/09 at 8:23

Hey Sidney, a former student of Dad's sent me this note on FaceBook just now:

Subject: Book: The Cheese Monkeys by Chip Kidd

Just wanted to tell you I just finished a really fun-to-read book about some kids studying graphic design at college. I laughed through the whole thing. Every time, the main professor would rap his pipe on a drawing table or make snarky comments during a critique. I could see & hear Denny.
A major part of the book are the critiques. Your father's critiques were one of my favorite parts of my college career. I was reminded of one in particular. Someone did an illustration of some kind of advertising figure--an animal of some sort. The face was peculiar. Your father said the face had a "minstrel" quality to it. Of course he meant that it looked like something out of a minstrel show. However with his drawl it sound as if he had said menstrual. I think the person who did the illustration was trying to figure out what he meant by that. Don't know why I remember that, but still the memory amused me.
The theme of the book is sort of about how pompous & overreaching some people's views of art & art history. One of the big moments in the book is when the protagonist professor exhibits a "crock of shit" as part of a gallery show. The crock being representative of the university faculty and administration. He is subsequently fired, though the reader realizes that he is one of the great minds at the school.
Like I said, it really made me think of your dad.

Sid, that explains where my "snarky" attitude came from! LOL

By: girliegirl on 10/13/09 at 8:25

PS... Sidney, I copied it to here so as to not offend her...... I don't think she wanted everyone on FB to see it, and I sincerely doubt there are that many people reading this stuff on NCP these days... :-)

By: Magnum on 10/13/09 at 11:22

I'm usually the first to call someone out for a bs lawsuit, but if this were my kid, I'd own the home before it was all said and done. Whether he has a couple of million or not, the address in and of itself is valuable. I'd go after it and then burn it to the ground. And, while there could be some validity to the parents not knowing where their kids were, I don't think there is enough information to start pointing the finger. My parents thought they knew where I was when I was a teenager too... At the end of the day, these kids made a huge, huge error in judgement, but lets not forget that this guy has a long history of being a predator. I guess to be more direct, Nothin and Sidney, I'm not sure how you would know anything about the parents or their level of involvement. Therefore, your conclusions that there was a lack of parental leadership is bs. Yes there is a level of responsibility that goes back on these kids and potentially their parents, but neither of you direct any blame on this guy and that's sad to me.

By: sidneyames on 10/13/09 at 1:25

Sorry about my oversight, Magnum, but I unequivocally say "punish" him under the law. When child sex offenders are put into prison, the prisoners in the system "take care of them". I'm all for punishing offenders; sorry I didn't say that and I bet Nothin is as well. I can look back on my life and point out some instances where I was "almost" in a messed up situation. Somehow I had a strong gut feeling about "strangers" and "friends of the family who were perverts". Once my sister and I jump started the car, drove to Holiday Inn where our friends were having a party in a rented room. When the door opened, we looked in. At the same time, we said "Mother will kill us" and we turned around and high tailed it home. We didn't tell Mother till I was 38 and she was 35. We honestly believed that when Mother said "I'll kill you if . . . ." that she would literally "kill" us. Good thing. Kept us both out of trouble. Sure do miss Mother!