Blake Sinrod allegedly, targeted children of non-English-speaking parents so they would have a hard time reporting it. He was fired from his teaching job in 2006 and his license was revoked in 2008.
A Florida School District finally caved to the demands of aggrieved parents after more than a decade of maintaining that four third-grade girls were responsible for allowing their teacher to sexually abuse them in the classroom.
The students were “old enough to appreciate the consequences of their actions” and “conducted themselves in a careless and negligent manner,” the Palm Beach County School District said in court documents cited by the Sun Sentinel.
The documents filed in response to a 2006 civil suit from the third-graders’ families concluded the administrator should not be held responsible in the incident.
Now, the district is set to pay $3.6 million in compensation one the 12-year-old lawsuit, marking a shift from claims that it should not be held liable in the abuse, according to the newspaper.
The group of girls, now adults, accused their teacher, Blake Sinrod, of fondling them in their Coral Sunset Elementary School classroom in 2005.
Sinrod was employed for more than 6 years at Coral Sunset Elementary School
The Four Broward county children and their parents sued an elementary school teacher, Blake Farrell Sinrod, and the Palm Beach County School Board, alleging that the children were sexually molested by Sinrod.
Authorities began to investigate the matter after one of the young students told her mother Sinrod had touched her inappropriately during a reading group and also instructed her to touch his genitals through his pants. Three other girls told similar stories of classroom abuse.
Sinrod of Boca Raton allegedly, targeted children of non-English-speaking parents so they would have a hard time reporting it. Arrested and charged with molesting two students in his elementary classroom. It has been reported that there might be eight other victims as well. Sinrod employed at Coral Sunset since 1999, pled guilty after facing five felony counts on charges in May of 2006.
The teacher, now 46, was fired in 2006 and pleaded guilty to child abuse charges involving two of the students in May the same year. His teaching license was revoked in 2008.
The School Board is expected to approve the $3.6 million settlement on Oct. 18. The amount was negotiated during meditation, the district’s lawyer, Marc Wites said.
“I don’t think a child can ever consent to being sexually abused,” School board member Frank Barbieri told the Orlando Sentinel.
“The School Board never authorized such a defense,” Barbieri said.
Palm Beach County School District, argued that Sinrod’s actions were “unknown and beyond the foresight of reasonably prudent persons,” in spite of a similar complaint by a parent two years earlier
As part of its defense against the lawsuit, the Palm Beach School district argued that Sinrod’s actions were “unknown and beyond the foresight of reasonably prudent persons.”
However, the parents’ lawsuit cited the case of another parent who had complained to a Coral Sunset assistant principal in 2003 about a similar incident involving a second-grade girl.
The assistant principal told those parents that Sinrod was a “highly recommended teacher” and that their daughter must be lying.
The parents of that child moved away from Florida and didn’t pursue criminal charges or a lawsuit until 2010. Their case was dismissed after courts ruled the statute of limitations had passed.
Lawyers for the four girls in the 2005 case argued that the school district failed to investigate or take proper action against Sinrod when the 2003 allegations surfaced.