October 24, 2014
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - Attorneys representing dozens of children in lawsuits brought against the Los Angeles Unified School District over alleged teacher sexual misconduct say they are dropping out of settlement negotiations and want to go trial.
Luis Carrillo and Brian Claypool told reporters Monday they have received insignificant settlement offers from the district for only three of the 35 children and 33 parents they represent in three lawsuits.
They say they will ask a judge on Wednesday to lift a litigation stay to allow them to prepare for a jury trial.
The district has said it hoped to settle 189 legal actions involving alleged sexual misconduct by a former teacher at Miramonte Elementary School.
The teacher, Mark Berndt, was arrested in January. He has pleaded not guilty to 23 counts of lewd behavior.
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