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San Diego court awards male student molested by female teacher $2.1M

August 17, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
San Diego court awards male student molested by female teacher $2.1M

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Last week, a San Diego decided that a 19-year-old man who sued a school district in the state after a female teacher sexually abused him should be awarded $2.1 million.

The jurors ruled that the San Diego Unified School District was careless in neglecting to prevent former Spanish instructor Toni Sutton from molesting the student over an eight-month period starting when he was 15-years-old, and she was 37, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

The district will be required to pay $840,000 of the $2.1 million, the newspaper indicated, noting that officials in the district officials have not yet determined whether to appeal.

The teacher, who is now 40-years-old, was sentenced to prison two years ago. She had sex with the teen in her classroom at Crawford High School, her car, and at her house dozens of times.

Sutton entered a guilty plea in 2016 to engaging in illegal sexual intercourse with a minor and oral copulation with a minor.

She was required to register as a sex offender for the rest of her life.

The lawsuit contended that the district overlooked red flags about Sutton’s behavior. An expert’s testimony, which was essential to the case, stated that the district’s policies for preventing sexual abuse of students “did not meet the standard,” the Union-Tribune reported.

The court settlement also showed the jury’s concern of the emotional damage and need for counseling the student encountered after Sutton was taken into custody.

Defense lawyers denied that district employees were negligent and argued that they responded in the appropriate matter once they learned that Sutton had been abusing the minor.

In another case back in 2009, a female student was given $1.25 million – of which the San Diego district had to repay $650,000 – after a male educator molested a female student.

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