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Teacher Admits Student Molestation

Seattle, WA: (Apr-07-08) Families of several victims of child molestation brought a lawsuit against the Seattle School District, accusing it of failing to protect its students from Lauren Hill, a former teacher in the district, who was later convicted of child molestation. Records and witness testimonies revealed that Hill was convicted of child molestation in 2005.

The suit against the district alleged that Hill preyed on students for years and was never disciplined by the district, which enabled the misconduct to go unchecked for over a decade. Allegedly, over a dozen teachers had made reports to a succession of principals, all who had essentially looked the other way. Legal counsel for the victims stated that at least two of Hills' victims are in counseling and one has suffered profound effects from the molestation. One of the victims has had problems with self-mutilation and thoughts of suicide.

As part of a settlement reached in the case, records show that a King County magistrate awarded Hill's victims a $3 million settlement. The Seattle School District also admitted that it failed to protect its students from Hill, and stated that a case like this would not happen again, because teachers and principals have received new training. [KIRO TV NEWS: SEATTLE SCHOOL DISTRICT TO PAY $3 M SETTLEMENT IN MOLESTATIONS]

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Published on Apr-8-08


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