Based on what info you have provided, it does not seem likely that this matter involves a FERPA violation. You have stated that the sexual assault matter was handled through the courts. All matter and information that came out in the court proceeding was presumably public record (possible exception of the proceeding was a closed juvenile matter). If there is a criminal conviction on the record (you have not stated) then that, too, is a matter of public record. Nothing that you have identified as being said by the teacher would necessarily have been derived from school/educational records and you have stated that "no info" was obtained from educational records. On that basis there would not be a FERPA violation, nor a preliminary showing of one sufficient to trigger an investigation.
Additionally, it is arguable whether a statement reflecting personal views about the credibility of a witness, complainant, or position by the State in a criminal proceeding, constitutes a FERPA-applicable disclosure. Very likely not, at least not standing alone. The mere fact that two persons involved in an event that results in a criminal prosecution does not cause the matter to become an issue of school or educational institution concern or responsibility. Nor does that fact necessarily cause the applicability of FERPA.
However, to the extent that you are wrong in any of the premises stated here, for example if you are wrong that the info disclosed by the teacher did not come from educational records, the result and analysis may well be different. Analyses here on Avvo necessarily rest on the accuracy of the premises set forth by the question.
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I agree with Attorney Mccall. Assuming that the teacher "knew the accused at the time and no information was obtained through educational records". Then no educational was compromised.
It sounds like the alleged rape was a matter of public discussion as well. Thus, even if this involved a closed juvenile hearing, the statements made publicly (that is outside of court) by the accused or alleged victim are all fair game.
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