The suit claimed that the district failed to inform the student’s parents after they had reason to believe English teacher Laura Whitehurst (in picture) was sexually abusing the student. She faced 41 felony counts but took a plea bargain after agreeing to plead guilty to six of the 41 counts. Now the Redlands Unified School District is set to pay $6million in compensation to the ex-student
Ex-student, who fathered a baby with his high school english teacher, Laura Whitehurst, at age 16 is awarded a $6 million payout
His attorney, claims the district turned a blind eye to the sexual abuse going on between the minor and teacher
Redlands Unified School District took no blame for the sexual abuse, but faulted the teacher Laura Whitehurst, now 29, for the abuse and settled
Whitehurst gave birth to a baby girl fathered by the student, who is now 21, in 2013
The pair have shared custody of their daughter, with a no-contact order between them
Laura Whitehurst seen confering with her attorney before a hearing in 2014. The former California high school student who father ed her baby has won a $6 million settlement from the school district
A former high school student who fathered a child with his teacher in Southern California will reportedly get a large settlement from the school district for the sexual abuse.
The unidentified student, now 21, will receive $6 million.from the Redlands Unified School District. Redlands officials placed all the blame on the teacher Laura Whitehurst and admitted no fault by settling the suit.
District spokesman Tom DeLapp said of the settlement: ‘In the long run, $6 million is high, but it could have been much higher if this had been left to an empathetic jury in another city looking past the facts to find a financial scapegoat for the unprofessional, criminal actions of one individual.’
In 2014 Whitehurst, a former AP English teacher in Redlands, was charged with 41 felony counts of unlawful relations wit her students. She pled guilty to six counts of unlawful sex with three minors. She has a baby by one of the boys
The suit was brought against the school district the following year after the student’s lawyer, Vince Finaldi, claimed the district ‘turned a blind eye’ to the improper conduct.
‘The size of this settlement represents the gravity of the damage done to this young victim and his family and it also highlights the extreme malfeasance and neglect by school officials who turned a blind eye to the criminal conduct of a teacher and failed to protect a student,’ Finaldi said
he suit claimed that the district failed to inform the student’s parents after there was reason to believe sexual abuse was taking place.
Sexual contact between Whitehurst and the student began in 2012 when the boy was 16.
The student claimed he was stalked by Whitehurst prior to their relationship and that she told him she could not get pregnant.
In 2014, 28-year-old Whitehurst, a former AP English teacher in Redlands, was charged with 41 felony counts of unlawful sexual intercourse and oral copulation, took a plea bargain pleading guilty to six counts of unlawful sex with three minors.
Four of the counts were for unlawful sex with this particular victim who fathered Whitehurst’s child. The two other counts were for the other victims, both by then adults. She had a baby girl in June 2013.
In 2014, the former Citrus Valley High School teacher was sentenced to one year behind bars with five years probation. Her teaching credentials were revoked and she was required to register as a sex offender for the rest of her life.
The student who fathered her child was present at the birth and has shared custody of the baby. The custody agreement however, involves a court-ordered representative that facilitates custody exchanges as there is a no-contact order between the child’s parents