California women reach $14M settlement in sex case

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Updated: 6/18/2014 1:23 pm

MORAGA, Calif. (AP) — Two women who alleged they were sexually abused by a teacher at a San Francisco Bay Area school have reached a $14 million settlement with the district.

David Ring, the women's attorney, says they will each receive $7 million. The settlement with the Moraga School District was reached on Monday.

The women alleged in a lawsuit that they were abused by Daniel Witters, a science teacher at Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School, in the 1990s when one was 14 and the other between 12 and 13. They said the district had failed to report a previous allegation of sex abuse against Witters to police, allowing him to continue abusing students.

Witters was never charged. He killed himself in 1996.

District Superintendent Bruce Burns apologized to the women in a statement and said the district has implemented a strict abuse reporting policy.

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