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I am sorry to hear about this unfortunate situation.
Generally, any evidence / records from a civil lawsuit can be used in a criminal case related to the same matter and it is possible for the victim / plaintiff to report any alleged crime to the DA office and the DA will conduct an investigation and will determined whether to pursue criminal charges against alleged perpetrator of the crime(s).
While $2,000 pre-indictment retainer is more than reasonable, especially if the potential criminal charge is a felony, however, it is up to the person who might be criminally charged whether to hire local criminal defense attorney prior to the arrest and criminal charges, since the accused can always hire an attorney once an arrest is made and charges are filed (otherwise the person subject to potential criminal charges might simply waste his/her money paid for the pre-arrest / indictment retainer).
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What is the nature of the allegations and were any of these alleged crimes reported to the police ever?
In some cases, the judge or the attorneys involved in civil lawsuit can in fact refer a case to the DA for criminal prosecution and DA does not have to wait until civil case is concluded, since they would be two separate cases, one civil against the university and another criminal against the alleged perpetrator of the crimes.
Local defense attorney can contact DA's office and also attorneys for the university and discuss whether there might be any criminal charges coming down the pip in the future, however, the DA or university attorneys do not have to disclose such information, so there is no guarantee that local defense attorney will be able to obtain any information before criminal charges (if any) are filed.
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