District to pay $165K to settle student’s sex crimes suit

January 8, 2020 GMT

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — A federal judge has approved a $165,000 settlement between a large suburban Kansas City school district and a student who was sexually assaulted by a middle school classmate.

The Shawnee Mission School District in Johnson County, Kansas, agreed to settle in September, but the amount wasn’t disclosed until it was approved this week, The Kansas City Star reports.

The lawsuit alleged that school officials didn’t act when a male student was repeatedly accused of sexual offenses before he assaulted the victim in 2017 in an eighth-grade study hall at Westridge Middle School.

The district says in court documents that it was investigating the reports of unwanted advances when it learned about the assault. The student then was expelled, and the school resource officer filed a police report.

The boy was convicted later that year of three counts of battery and one count of aggravated liberties with a child.