$2.75M settlement reached in OC student-abuse case

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Updated: 1/22 1:26 pm

ORANGE, Calif. (AP) — The Orange Unified School District has agreed to a $2.75 settlement with families of six special-education students who accused a teacher of physical abuse.

The Orange County Register says parents alleged Daniel Ryan Lentini grabbed disabled students by the back of the neck, sat on students who are unable to speak, and teased and punched them.

The suit, filed in 2012, claimed the district and the principal of Taft Elementary School did not properly handle the abuse accusations. Police investigated but prosecutors eventually declined to file criminal charges against Lentini, citing a lack of evidence.

A judge is expected to approve the settlement in March.

Superintendent Michael Christensen says Lentini continues working as a teacher at the district, assigned to the adult special-education program.

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