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Parents sue private school

DALLAS, May 19 (UPI) -- The parents of a girl who had an affair with a Dallas private school teacher more than twice her age say she was expelled for "being a victim."

The couple, identified in court papers with the aliases John and Mary Doe, have filed a lawsuit against Episcopal School of Dallas. The father contends he signed a form withdrawing his daughter only because the principal, the Rev. Stephen Swan, told him she would be expelled if he did not agree.

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"The teacher victimized her, then the school victimized her," he told The Dallas Morning News.

In court papers, the couple says J. Nathan Campbell, a former history teacher, seduced their daughter in the spring of 2009 when she was 16. Texas sets the age of consent at 17 and also has a law banning sexual relationships between teachers and students.

Campbell was allowed to resign, the parents said. Sgt. Brenda Nichols told the newspaper Dallas police are investigating the alleged affair.

Donald Godwin, the school's lawyer, said the parents decided to remove the girl after being told the school "had become a hostile environment for her." He said Campbell would have been fired if he had not quit.

The father says he only signed the consent form "under duress" because Swan told him his daughter would not be able to get recommendations for college from teachers at the school if she was expelled.

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