Homestead - South Dade

Jury says sex with a student should cost a former high school teacher $49.3 million

A former South Dade Senior High School student has won a $49.3 million judgment against the geometry teacher who had sex with her and sent her lewd texts.

Tuesday’s verdict by a Miami-Dade civil court jury merely decided the damages against Bresnniel Jansen Mones, 35. Mones, who pleaded guilty to three counts of having sex with a minor and two counts of sending her lewd texts, already had been found liable by default. The Miami-Dade County School Board earlier reached a settlement with the 20-year-old young woman, a 16-year-old sophomore when Mones had sex with her.

According to court documents, the damages break down thusly: $13,906 for the past medical expenses for the young woman, known as C.R.R.; $255,000 for her future medical expenses; $4 million for past mental anguish, pain and suffering; $15 million for future mental anguish, pain and suffering; $30 million in punitive damages.

The lawsuit, filed in 2014, accused the School Board of neglect in failing to protect her from a teacher who the lawsuit alleged had a known history of improper behavior.

A release from Leighton Law, the firm of C.R.R.’s damages trial attorneys John Leighton and Max Panoff, says the discovery phase revealed “C.R.R. was not the only student Jansen tried this with. At least one other young student was approached and was engaged in a texting relationship with Jansen attempting to groom and escalate the relationship. The girl’s parents found out, terminated it, and alerted the school. Jansen was the subject of an investigation, which found that he made inappropriate contact with the student. But he was not disciplined.”

The suit says Mones sent text messages to her in 2013 that went from about school to about sex, including photos of his genitals. During the fall, the suit says, Mones forced oral sex on C.R.R. and had intercourse with her on his desk in December 2013.

She transferred to Varela High School only to find Mones lived across the street.

After Mones’ guilty pleas, he served six months in prison and was released in June. His original probation period, 10 years, already has been reduced to eight. He lives in South Miami-Dade as a registered sex offender.

David J. Neal: 305-376-3559, @DavidJNeal