District settles another lawsuit over volunteer’s sex abuse
MARION, Iowa (AP) — The Marion school district has settled the final lawsuit involving student sex abuse by a teenage classroom volunteer.
The lawsuit was filed by parents who said their 5-year-old daughter was molested by the volunteer at Starry Elementary in January 2016. The boy was 15 when he was accused, and he was convicted in January 2017.
The Gazette reported that the settlement was for $2 million. The district’s insurance company already has paid $3.3 million to settle lawsuits brought by other parents of abused children.
Two of the girls who testified at the boy’s trial said they told their parents and a teacher, Diane Graham, that he “hurt” them during “rest time” in 2016, when they were kindergartners at Starry.
Graham later was charged with not reporting the abuse, which prosecutors say allowed it to continue for two more months. She testified that she never saw or heard of any abuse, and she was acquitted in January 2018.