$3.7 Million Verdict Reached Against Fayette Co. Schools

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A Fayette County jury Thursday awarded $3.7 million to a Lexington woman, who claimed the Fayette County School District covered up sexual abuse.

Carol Maner filed a lawsuit, saying she and two other students were sexually abused while students at Beaumont Middle School in the late 70's and early 80's.

Today's verdict comes after days of testimony in a civil trial. The jury was handed the case around 11:30 Thursday morning, and returned with their verdict just after 5:00.

Maner claimed Fayette County school officials knew about the alleged abuse, but did nothing about it.

Maner's attorney called today's multi-million dollar verdict "overwhelming."

Two former teachers are now facing charges for the alleged abuse.

Roberta Walter and Jack Hubbard were arrested last week. Both face rape and sodomy charges.

Meanwhile, Fayette County Schools Superintendent Stu Silberman released a statement after Thursday's Verdict.

"I just want to reiterate for our community that this trial was about the 1970s and that none of the people even discussed in the case are currently employed with the school district," he said. "The school district was covered by an insurance policy from the 1970s and if this case is finalized, we are hoping that the settlement will not take resources away from our students."

"I cannot comment about the subject of the case or what may or may not have happened 30 years ago," Silberman said.

Silberman went on to say that the Fayette County School District takes all allegations against it seriously.

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  • by just thinking Location: lex. on Jul 23, 2007 at 10:53 AM
    For 3.7 million,or half that after the lawyer's bill,I would have sex with ever teacher I ever had.Seems strange to me that that these different adults singled out this one child to abuse.
  • by Paul Location: Lex on Jul 23, 2007 at 09:39 AM
    I am so happy for you Ms. Maner and i hope this judgement helps you to find a better life and to heal. The real rape here is the lost childhood of these and other kids that are victims of sexual abuse. With all the press surrounding the abuse scandal in the Catholic church, where is the the same disgust in relationship to this? "Takes away from the resources of the school system.." What idiots !!! Insurance will pay this verdict, not your tax dollars. Stand back folks, I'm sure we will see more too come, and its about (edited) time..
  • by Christie Location: Clay City on Jul 21, 2007 at 10:07 AM
    Its about time some justice served. It makes me wonder if my children will be safe going to school. What makes it so hard is that people knew about it and did nothing, They are just as sick as the one who abuse this woman. You would think that kids are safe at school,but you really dont know because in ever group of people there always that one that is sick enuff to do something like sexual abuse. I once was sexual abuse by a family member and yet to this day he walks free. My justice system falled me.. So with that said I'm gald you got awarded $3.7 million but even with all that, the pain and the guilt of knowing that you had to go threw something like sexual abuses will always fallow you know what what you do to try to make yourself forget it..I myself get reminded of it every single day of my life.. ~Christie~
  • by Diane Location: Mt. Sterling on Jul 20, 2007 at 12:49 PM
    "We are hoping that the settlement will not take resources away from our students?" So is that suppose to make Maner feel guilty. The courts blocked her for years from seeking justice. And all the superintendent can comment on was how this might negatively affect his present situation. Wow, that is sure encouraging to any potential victims seeking justice. With that attitude how are we suppose to believe the Fayette County Schools will take any allegation seriously.
  • by Lavonna Location: Here on Jul 20, 2007 at 12:05 PM
    I find it very interesting (or stupid ) that she waits over 20 years to file suit.. Did she tell anyone about the 'abuse' back then? If it affected her that much why not tell someone then about it?
  • by Mark Location: Lexington on Jul 20, 2007 at 05:58 AM
    It does one's heart good to see justice done in Lexington Kentucky. It is rare that government malfeasence is ever recognized by the courts. This is one case where the courts have responded in a manner to protect the rights of citizens against abusive authority of local government. Yea for the jury. Our next test of accountability will be the Ron Berry litigation against the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government. Too bad responsible elected officials will not be charged with the bill. We must send a strong message to local government officials that continued violation of rule of law will not be tolerated. We the People will continue to forcefully speak out against injustice.
  • by Paul Location: Lex on Jul 20, 2007 at 05:42 AM
    I am disgusted that this case wasn't settled out of court. I am overjoyed that Ms. Maner, did get her day in court. Honestly 3.7 million is nothing compared to the damage to this poor woman's life as well as the others involved. Prepare yourselves Fayette county, i'm sure this is just the tip of the iceberg. Best of luck to you Ms. Maner, i hope with this money you can at least get the help you need to attempt to heal from this.
  • by Lisa Location: Lexington on Jul 19, 2007 at 06:28 PM
    Well, it's about time that Fayette Co. Schools pays up. I, too, went to Beaumont in the mid 70s for one year and felt that there was something amis. I went through Fayette Co. school system from 1st thru 12th grade and wish I could share more but can only say that it was sad, shoddy teaching for the most part at that. Even had our 4th grade teacher throw chalk across the room at us if she couldn't get our attention (early 70s). It was a different era. So many kids to a class that some of us fell through the cracks, too. No one really cared, or so it seemed, and the principals just seemed so acidic all the time. Sure, education was in a transition, but who could (or still can) teach an overcrowded room of kids? I know, I have gone off the point here, but Fayette Co. needs a wake up call. Sorry Stu has to be on the turf while all this is going on. But, this story is just a smidgen of Fayette Co. School history.
  • by Christie Location: Clay City on Jul 19, 2007 at 04:55 PM
    Finally justice is served some how. I mean she jsut wasnt raped by one but other as well and what is so sick about all of this is that others knew about it and did nothing. IT makes me wonder is my children going to be safe going to school everyday. I think just because it happen 30 yrs. ago doesnt mean that they should not be charged with rape.. I once had a case like this only with a family member and it never got in the court at all because it was longer then 7 yrs ago.. So i myself know what this woman is going threw.. ~Christie~
  • by Dave Location: Garden Springs on Jul 19, 2007 at 04:11 PM
    Sweep sweep sweep, let's try and get it all under the rug. I hope all of the others that were abused come forward now. It aint over till the fat lady sings.
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