School district to pay $15M in sexual molestation case

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) – The families of four girls sexually molested by their second-grade teacher have settled a lawsuit for $15 million with a California school district.

The settlement reached Monday in Santa Clara County Superior Court with the Evergreen School District follows the 2012 conviction of school teacher Craig Chandler on charges of committing lewd and lascivious acts on a minor.

Attorney Bob Allard, who represented the girls’ families, says the agreement prevents the girls from testifying again and reliving the trauma.

One family had originally sought $30 million.

Chandler was convicted of molesting five girls at San Jose’s O.B. Whaley Elementary School and sentenced to 75 years to life in prison.

Allard says the family of one of the five girls reached a settlement with the school district last year.

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