An $8.25-million settlement between a California school district and the families of three girls who were sexually molested by a teacher over several years calls for better training for staff and students on detecting signs of predatory behavior and sexual abuse.
The settlement in the families’ lawsuit against the Morgan Hill Unified School District in Silicon Valley was finalized Wednesday in Santa Clara County Superior Court.
Former teacher John Arthur Loyd, 54, is serving 40 years in prison after he pleaded no contest to four felony counts of lewd or lascivious acts on a child by force, violence, duress or fear.
Parents complained about Loyd’s behavior to three different school principals between 2009 and 2013. Those complaints were never reported to police or entered into his personnel file, according to the lawsuit.