PPS settles former employee’s lawsuit for $250,000

School board votes to settle

Faubion School in Northeast Portland, Sept. 10, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
Faubion School in Northeast Portland, Sept. 10, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Board members from Portland Public Schools voted to settle a lawsuit filed by a male employee who claimed a male teacher sexually assaulted him while on the job.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the board voted 4-3 Monday to settle a claim for $250,000 – $400,000 less than the employee initially sought.

The employee claimed the teacher had been identified as a sexual threat years ago, and the district failed to take proper action.

The teacher, Mitchell Whitehurst, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor harassment after the incident, a charge that encompasses “offensive physical contact.”

He received 18 months on probation.

The district let Whitehurst retire. The Oregon Teaching Standards and Practices Commission revoked his license after an investigation.

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