School district to pay $750K to settle lawsuitSeptember 5, 2013 @ 7:55 pm
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - An insurer for the Olympia, Wash., School District has agreed to pay a family $750,000 to settle a lawsuit that alleged the district failed to supervise a former bus driver who molested a 6-year-old girl.
The Olympian reports ( http://is.gd/iScExs) that Gary Shafer was sentenced in 2011 to 13 1/2 years to life in prison for sexually assaulting three girls on Olympia school buses, including the plaintiff's daughter.
Tacoma lawyer Darrell Cochran announced the settlement. He represents the family involved. A school district spokesperson was not immediately reachable for comment late Thursday.
A Thurston County jury last year awarded another victim's family $1.4 million after finding at trial that the district failed to properly supervise Shafer. The newspaper says the school district is appealing that award.
Information from: The Olympian, http://www.theolympian.com
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