School Sex Abuse Lawsuits

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BEAUFORT, S.C. (AP) -- Beaufort County educators have agreed to
pay more than $500,000 to settle a lawsuit from a student who
claimed to have been sexually abused by a former music teacher.
The Beaufort Gazette reports that the county's Board of
Education unanimously approved the settlement Tuesday.
Philip Underwood-Sheppard was sentenced to 25 years in prison in
2003, for molesting at least nine students. Some of the assaults
took place in his office.
In August, the district finalized a $4.6 million settlement for
six victims. A seventh case was settled and paid by district
liability insurers.
The eighth victim had rejected a $300,000 settlement offer from
the district in February before agreeing to the $563,000 settlement

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