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Jury Rules LA Schools Must Pay $6.9M To Boy Molested By Teacher

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A jury has ruled that the Los Angeles Unified School District must pay $6.9 million to a fifth-grader molested by his teacher.

The Tuesday award is among the largest for a single victim in the history of the district, and comes as it is seeking to settle nearly 200 sex abuse suits stemming from high-profile allegations against a teacher at its Miramonte Elementary School.

The Los Angeles Times reports the jury found the district liable for the 2008 molestation by teacher Forrest Stobbe at Queen Anne Elementary School.

Last year Stobbe pleaded no contest to lewd acts on a child and continuous sexual abuse of a child under 14.

Stobbe had a clean criminal record, but the jury ruled the district should have heeded complaints that preceded the molestation.

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