Jimmy Wall

A Call for Witnesses: Survivors of Alleged Sexual Predator Jimmy Wall

Jimmy Wallace Wall was a former bus driver for Olympia School District in Washington State who was arrested in 2016 for alleged sexual assault of a young boy during the 2007 – 2008 school year.

Jimmy Wall allegedly took the 10-year-old Madison Elementary School student geocaching, a hide-and-seek activity that involves using navigational equipment and software to seek caches hidden in various locations.

Jimmy Wall’s accuser told law enforcement that Wall drove him in a white van to Lions Park and LBA Park in Olympia, and sexually assaulted him in secluded areas of the woods. The accuser said Wall also assaulted him during an after-school YMCA program at Madison, according to a news report of Wall’s arrest.

Wall was charged with first-degree child rape and child molestation. His first trial ended in a mistrial and he later pleaded guilty to lesser counts of third-degree assault of a child in 2018. Wall received an eight-month jail sentence.

PCVA is concerned that Jimmy Wall may have sexually abused or assaulted other children, and we are urging survivors to come forward.

How long did Jimmy Wall work for Olympia School District, and what bus routes did he drive?

Jimmy Wall began working at Olympia School District in 2004 and ended his employment there on March 30, 2016, prior to his arrest.

Olympia School District has provided a history of Wall’s bus routes but notes that it may be incomplete, since early-career drivers often serve as substitutes for other drivers on various routes and drivers may ride along on other buses to learn new routes or help with management. Therefore, the entire extent of Wall’s access to children is unknown.

Records show that Wall drove routes for various elementary, middle and high schools for the district, including Madison Elementary, for many years, and for after-school activities. Wall’s accuser said he was involved in Madison’s after-school YMCA program and was present there frequently.

What do I do if I was sexually assaulted by a school bus driver?

PCVA has sued numerous institutions on behalf of victims of child sexual abuse. For example, we sued Olympia School District on behalf of survivors of another former bus driver, Gary Shafer, the former roommate of Jimmy Wall.

Gary Shafer was convicted in 2011 of sexually assaulting young girls. A school district employee from 2005 to 2011, he admitted to molesting dozens of children, although few have come forward. He is serving 14.5 years to life in prison.

Our experienced attorneys have secured settlements for bus driver Gary Shafer abuse survivors. In one such case, which resulted in a $7.5 million settlement for two survivors, the Washington Supreme Court decided that a school district is strictly liable for sexual misconduct of employees, including physical abuse and assault. This legal finding established that school districts can be held legally responsible for sexual abuse that its employees commit.

I was abused by a school bus driver, but it was long ago and I was a child. Can I still sue?

Most likely. In Washington State, a special statute of limitations allows many victims of childhood sexual abuse to file lawsuits for the abuse they suffered many years later, even as adults. That law recognizes that survivors of childhood sexual abuse may not realize or appreciate how the sexual abuse harmed them until much later in life. If you were sexually abused by Jimmy Wall, please contact us so that we can confidentially explain your legal options.

Can a parent sue on behalf of a child?

Yes. The experienced attorneys at PCVA have worked with hundreds of families to seek damages for sexual abuse in a wide range of cases. Our attorneys use a trauma-informed approach to their legal counsel and rely on trauma-informed experts to help build the case. We can protect our clients’ privacy by using only their initials during legal proceedings. Our goal is to help survivors and their families recover damages from the institutions that failed to protect them from sexual abuse so they can begin to heal.

How can sexual abuse survivors seek damages?

Our attorneys have been involved in some of the most complicated and concerning sexual abuse cases in the country and are often consulted by other law firms for guidance and expertise when representing sexual abuse survivors. We take a trauma-informed approach to our representation that acknowledges the sensitive nature of these cases.

Every case is different and results – which depend on the facts of the case – cannot be guaranteed. However, we will fight to hold accountable the institutions and individuals who failed to protect survivors. Through our efforts, we have helped recover hundreds of millions of dollars in damages on behalf of abuse survivors. While no amount of monetary compensation can erase the trauma of abuse, the financial assistance can help pay for necessary expenses to allow the healing process to begin.

If you or someone you know has experienced sexual abuse or assault at the hands of Jimmy Wall, our attorneys are here to listen and help. Learn more about how we help sexual abuse survivors or schedule a no obligation consultation with one of our lawyers by completing our online form or calling us at (253) 948-3199 or (206) 536-2850. All conversations are completely confidential.

For information on what to look for when hiring a child sexual abuse lawyer, see our article on this topic.

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