School District Settles Sex Abuse Suit

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

MORAGA, Calif. (AP) - The attorney for a woman who sued a San Francisco Bay Area school district alleging she was sexually abused by a former science teacher says her client has reached a $1.8 million settlement.

The woman was among four who sued the Moraga School District, alleging that school officials' failure to act on suspicions involving the teacher in the 1990s led to their subsequent abuse.

The teacher, Dean Witters, was never charged, and he killed himself after several girls came forward with abuse allegations in 1996.

One of the other women has also reached a settlement. The other two women's civil suit is pending.

District Superintendent Bruce Burns confirmed to the Contra Costa Times ( that the district's insurance company reached the $1.8 million settlement. He apologized to the woman.

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