Loyola High School is suing a former girlfriend of a football coach, saying she defamed the school by calling him a "rapist and child molester."
Loyola High School sued Morningstar Capone in Los Angeles Superior Court Wednesday, alleging defamation and false light invasion of privacy. The school wants unspecified compensatory and punitive damages. Coach Tim Walter is not a plaintiff.
"These text messages and emails have severely damaged the high school's reputation because they falsely describe the high school's football coach as committing these crimes in the course and scope of, or in relation to, his duties as the high school's employee," according to the suit.
Capone could not be reached for comment.
In 2011, Walter, a 2005 Loyola High graduate, was hired as an assistant coach for the freshman football team, according to the lawsuit. He was recently promoted to head coach, the suit states.
Walter met Capone in a Manhattan Beach bar in February 2012 and the two began a relationship, the suit states.
"(Capone) described herself to Mr. Walter as a professional Internet security adviser," the suit states.
Using her skills, Capone obtained access to Walter's cell phone and tablet computer and installed software on them that enabled her to see what Walter was doing, according to the complaint.
The data on Walter's phone included phone numbers and email addresses of Loyola faculty members and students on the school's football team, the suit states.
After Walter learned Capone had access to his electronic devices, he ended his relationship with her in July, according to the suit. But Loyola students and their parents, as well as some school employees, began receiving "numerous and repetitive text messages on their cellular phones ... from various unknown telephone numbers with area codes from several different states," the suit states.
The texts "referenced Mr. Walter by name and accused him of a wide range of crimes, including rape, pedophilia, theft, stalking, child abuse, blackmail, harassment and attempted murder," the suit states.
Many Loyola staff, students and their parents were named as the victims of the crimes, according to the complaint.
One email stated: "Tim Walter raped a 16yr girl at loyols hs dance," the suit states.
Loyola administrators believe Capone sent the messages anonymously by using third-party texting services available for free on the Internet, according to the suit.
At least two employees and several parents have applied for restraining orders to stop the text messages, according to the complaint.