Nevada's Largest School Districts Settling Child Abuse Cases

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada’s two largest college districts are admitting wrongdoing by workers on college buses in multimillion-dollar settlements of a kid abuse lawsuit in Reno and a federal case in Las Vegas.

The Washoe County Faculty District agreed to a $4.4 million settlement within the alleged abuse of a scholar final yr after the district says it decided an worker “negligently supervised” kids concerned in extreme bodily abuse and bullying, a newspaper reported.

In Las Vegas, college trustees are due on Thursday to contemplate approving a $9 million settlement within the case of a former college bus driver who pleaded responsible in 2018 to sexually assaulting particular wants preschoolers.

The Reno Gazette Journal first reported on its web site Tuesday that the repeated abuse over six months in Washoe County concerned a toddler with disabilities. It stated the $4.4 million settlement was the largest in district historical past.

The allegations included “a number of acts of extreme bodily abuse and bullying by one other male scholar of comparable age” between December 2020 and Could 2021, based on paperwork obtained by the newspaper.

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District spokesperson Victoria Campbell stated the worker now not works for the district.

“After a full investigation, the district decided that the worker negligently supervised the kids,” she stated in an e mail to the Gazette Journal.

The district stated in an announcement emailed to The Related Press that the case “concerned battery and bullying of a minor baby by one other minor baby.”

“Within the curiosity of defending the confidentiality of these kids and their households, in addition to scholar privateness legal guidelines, the district is not going to touch upon this litigation besides to say that the events labored collectively to resolve this subject,” it stated.

The Clark County Faculty Board motion to be thought of on Thursday would resolve a federal lawsuit involving the mother and father of a woman and a boy who had been 3 and 4 years previous when Michael Ray Banco was arrested in 2015.

Banco, now 62, confronted 41 felony expenses earlier than he pleaded responsible in 2018 to sexual assault with a minor below 16 and lewdness with a toddler below 14. He was sentenced to 35 years to life in jail.

Police and prosecutors stated Banco, a longtime college bus driver, sexually assaulted kids behind his college bus earlier than dropping them off at their dwelling. Acts had been captured on bus surveillance video.

The settlement earlier than trustees is labeled confidential in assembly agenda supplies. Insurance coverage pays two-thirds of the settlement, leaving the district to pay $3 million, Clark County Faculty District spokesman Tod Story stated.

The Washoe County board backed its settlement by unanimously approving a $400,000 cost with out dialogue at its Nov. 9 assembly, the Gazette Journal reported. The quantity is the deductible required earlier than an insurance coverage coverage kicks in to cowl the remaining quantity. The small print of the remaining quantity weren’t mentioned in public.

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