Pa. district settles suit over student sex attacks

July 17, 2012 5:40:04 AM PDT
A Pennsylvania district will pay $825,000 to settle a lawsuit alleging elementary school officials did too little to stop an older student from molesting four younger boys.

Allentown School District settled with the four plaintiffs on Monday, a day before their case was to go to trial before a federal judge in Philadelphia.

A judge had called the district's response to alleged abuse by a 12-year-old student with a history of sexual misconduct was "wholly inadequate." The suit said that boy cornered first- and second-grade students in Central Elementary School bathrooms and assaulted them.

A lawyer for the plaintiffs says the settlement ensures the victims don't have to relive their experiences.

The assailant was adjudicated delinquent on juvenile charges related to a 2004 assault.