02 Jan Jane Doe v. Anonymous School Board, et al.
CIRCUIT COURT OF TALLAPOOSA COUNTY SETTLEMENT
Largest Alabama settlement paid in a school sexual assault case. Plaintiff has requested that the settlement amount not be revealed. A 12-year-old girl was raped by another student who was eighteen at the time. In late October 2005, Jane Doe was dragged down to the boys’ locker room by her attacker at the end of her gym class. The teacher of the class left the class under the control and supervision of Jane Doe’s 18-year-old attacker even though this student was not a designated teacher’s aide, he had a history of sexually harassing female students in this same class and he was not supposed to be on campus during this class time. As a direct result of the teacher’s negligence and lack of supervision, Jane Doe was raped. Her attacker pled guilty to 1st degree rape and was sentenced to twelve years in the penitentiary. Defense counsel stated that this is the largest settlement ever paid to a plaintiff in a school sexual assault case in Alabama. Plaintiff’s counsel has confirmed this.