LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) —  A woman who claims she was inappropriately touched and sexually harassed by her former track team coach is suing the El Monte Union High School District and her alleged abuser.

City News Service reports the plaintiff, who is now at least 18-years-old, says Ramon Lopez is a “duly licensed school teacher on the Arroyo High School faculty” who abused her from September 2009 until April 2013.

According to the complaint filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday, the girl was subjected to “repeated episodes of sexual misconduct, sexual harassment, groping, touching and emotional and mental intimidation” while on campus.

The plaintiff alleges school district officials knew Lopez “had in the past committed similar offenses” but failed to terminate him or warn others.

The woman is claiming assault and battery and the intentional infliction of emotional distress, as well as negligent hiring, retention and supervision.

She is seeking unspecified compensatory and punitive damages.

A spokesperson for the El Monte school district was unavailable for immediate comment.

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