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Omaha district pays ex-student who alleged abuse $175,000

Omaha district pays ex-student who alleged abuse $175,000

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) _ The Omaha school district has agreed to a $175,000 settlement with a former student who says she was abused by a middle school teacher who was later convicted of sexual misconduct.

The Omaha World-Herald reports the school board approved the settlement Monday with a girl who said in a lawsuit the district didn’t do enough when she complained about Shad Knutson’s conduct in 2009.

The girl said in the lawsuit Knutson had touched her inappropriately and persuaded her to expose herself. He has been in prison since 2013 serving a 9- to 14-year sentence.

The district changed its abuse reporting procedures in 2012 to require staff to notify law enforcement within 24 hours of a sexual misconduct allegation from a student.

The district did not admit liability in the settlement.

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