Report: lawyers in school molest suits imply kids consented

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A report finds lawyers defending school districts in at least four civil cases are trying to skirt a California law that prevents them from arguing that young molestation victims willingly participated in sexual relationships with adults.

Lawmakers closed a loophole that allowed attorneys to argue consent as an issue in civil cases involving minors molested by adults. Previously they were prevented from doing so only in criminal cases.

KCET-TV reports now attorneys are trying to find ways around the rules, to decrease the millions of dollars school districts might be responsible for paying out in settlements and judgments.

The news station says a judge last week decided not to allow trial testimony about willing participation in a molestation case in the Corona-Norco Unified district. The district agreed to a $3 million settlement.

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