LA Unified to settle 2 molestation claims for $5M

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Updated: 6/12/2014 1:28 pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Unified School District will pay $5 million to settle two legal claims from students who alleged they were molested by a former elementary school teacher.

The Los Angeles Times reports the settlements announced Wednesday would be the first related to the case of former third-grade teacher Paul Chapel III. Chapel pleaded no contest to 13 counts of lewd acts on a child in 2012 and was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

A plaintiff's attorney says one alleged victim will receive $3 million, and the other will get $2 million. Both were students at Telfair Elementary in the Pacoima area of the east San Fernando Valley.

The settlements require the approval of a judge.

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