Southern California Schools Offer $17M To Settle Molestation Claims

June 7, 2013

The Los Angeles Unified School District has offered $17 million to settle dozens of claims by alleged victims of a former teacher charged with committing lewd acts on children.

The Los Angeles Times reported the district on Wednesday offered to settle 40 claims by paying the students about $425,000 each.

However, attorneys for the students say they’ll reject the offer.

It’s lower than one made in March to settle 58 other claims. In those cases, the district agreed to pay around $470,000 per student.

The claims involve former Miramonte Elementary School teacher Mark Berndt, who’s accused of blindfolding children and feeding them semen in what he called a classroom “tasting game.” He’s pleaded not guilty.

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