California school district settles abuse suit for $2.8M

SULTANA, Calif. (AP) — A school district in central California has paid $2.8 million to settle lawsuits by four former students who say they were sexually molested by a former teacher.

The Fresno Bee reports the former students said in their lawsuit that lack of attention and follow-up from the Monson-Sultana Joint Union School District in Tulare County allowed former teacher David Blancas to prey on students.

The students say Blancas took photos of their genitals as they slept on overnight trips.

The district has already paid $4 million to settle a lawsuit with another former student who went to police in 1995 to report Blancas had abused him.

Blancas was an elementary school teacher for 17 years. He was sentenced to 25 years to life for sexual abuse in 2013.


Information from: The Fresno Bee,

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