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School district pays $375,000 in damages to 16-year-old student who developed PTSD and saw his grades suffer after he had sex with his married, 32-year-old gym teacher

A California school district has paid $375,000 to a teenage boy who developed developed post-traumatic stress disorder after having sex with his gym teacher.  
The victim, who was 16 at the time, said he developed PTSD after the scandal emerged and his legal team successfully argued that Washington High School should have been proactive about not letting the crime happen in the summer of 2016. 
In January 2018, married Corine Audiat, 32, pleaded no contest to charges of having unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor and oral copulation of a person under 18. Both charges are felonies. 
However the felonies as well as four others - three counts of contacting a minor for sex and one count of sending harmful material to a minor with sexual intent - were dropped as part of a deal. Audiat's misdemeanor child molestation charge was also scrapped. 
Audiat is not allowed to work with children again. She was ordered to do 150 hours of community service and was on house arrest for six months last year. 
She paid the boy $4,000 in a settlement for her criminal case, was ordered to stay away from him for 10 years, and turned in her cell phone with evidence contained on it. 
Audiat was a gym teacher at Washington High School (pictured) in Fremont, California
Audiat was a gym teacher at Washington High School (pictured) in Fremont, California
Victim's lawyer said incident with the former teacher, pictured on her wedding day in October 2014, led to victim having trouble sleeping and studying due to attention on case that resulted
Victim's lawyer said incident with the former teacher, pictured on her wedding day in October 2014, led to victim having trouble sleeping and studying due to attention on case that resulted
Then in March 2018 her name was removed from the civil case that this January, the school district agreed to payout for.
The separate 2017 lawsuit from the victim's family claimed the Fremont Unified School District neglected to prevent the child's emotional distress by ignoring red flags.
San Jose-based attorney B. Robert Allard, who represents the student, said the teen was ashamed that his first time having sex was with a teacher he trusted and that the memory of what happened would forever be etched in his mind.
Family said the school ignored red flags about the gym teacher and said child was distressed after losing his virginity to her
Family said the school ignored red flags about the gym teacher and said child was distressed after losing his virginity to her
He said the boy had trouble sleeping and focusing on studies after media came to his school in his senior year. The lawyer said they settled to avoid further emotional distress for him.
'We knew this settlement wasn't going to be confidential, and that it would send a message to other districts: You have to take proactive measures, or you're going to be held accountable,' East Bay Timesreports Mark Boskovich said. 
The district had to pay $25,000 in legal fees. 
Audiat's involvement with the student took place May 2016 and police began investigating the former teacher in November 2016 'after receiving a report of an alleged sexual misconduct' involving her and a 'juvenile male'.
The civil suit accused Audiat, also known as Audiat-Gee, of 'grooming' her students and enticing them with flirtation, text messages and open displays of affection, such as hugs.
It stated that she texted the victim that she wanted to take him into the gym equipment room and kiss him. Then things became sexual.  
Audiat, who got married in October 2014, had been a teacher at Washington High School since 2012. She had worked in the Fremont Unified School District since 2008.
She was also employed as a swim coach at Mission San Jose High School in Fremont and a coach for an East Bay Swim League in Fremont called the Glenmoor Stingrays.
Following her arrest, Washington High School announced that she had been fired and was removed from the school's online directory. 
She's now a registered sex offender and had to complete a year of sex offender counseling.

1 comment:

  1. The lawyers have taken over. Such idiotic nonsense making its way into court. The lawyer and judge need to be sent to prison.

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