FRANCE - FEBRUARY 26: Illustration Of?Child Abuse And?Pedophilia On February 26Th, 2005 In France - On March 3Rd, 2005, starts the biggest trial in France at the Courthouse Of Angers - 66 people will be appearing for sexual abuse committed on 45 children aged from 6 to 12 years. (Photo by Francis DEMANGE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Jeffrey Caplan, Rare.us
PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla.
More than a decade after officials in a Florida school district blamed four little girls after they were molested by a teacher, the Palm Beach County district has been ordered to pay a $3.6 million settlement to the victims and their families, according to news reports.
In 2005, the district ruled that the four third-grade girls were “old enough to appreciate the consequences of their actions” when they followed their teacher’s orders as he molested them, according to court documents. When the victims’ families filed a lawsuit, the district said the children “conducted themselves in a careless and negligent manner,” so school officials were not responsible for the incidents, according to WSVN.
The third-graders first accused their teacher, Blake Sinrod, who is now 46, of fondling them in a classroom at Coral Sunset Elementary School near Boca Raton in 2005, the NY Daily News reported. Sinrod was investigated by school police after a girl told her mother her teacher touched her under her clothing during a reading group and told her to touch his private area over his clothing, according to police reports.