The Palm Beach County School Board could soon settle a decade-old case involving third-grade girls who were molested by their teacher.
Through the 12-year-long saga relating to former Coral Sunset Elementary teacher Blake Sinrod, the district argued that some of the responsibility fell on the girls, the Sun Sentinel reported.
According to the paper, court documents showed that the district argued that the children were “old enough to appreciate the consequences of their actions.”
An outside lawyer, from the Hollywood law firm Conroy Simberg, hired by the district, told the paper it was a standard defense.
Board members disagreed with the defense, the paper said.
In 2006, Sinrod pleaded guilty to molesting two of the four girls who filed complaints in 2005. The same year, according to the Sentinel, the families of all four filed civil suits. The girls are now adults.
The board will consider a $3.6 million settlement at its Oct. 18 meeting, according to the Sentinel.