(NEWSWEEK) — Four families took a settlement of $15 million this week from the Evergreen School District in San Jose, California. The parents alleged the school district and officials ignored multiple incidents of molestation of students by Craig Chandler, a second-grade teacher at O.B. Whaley Elementary School.
The parents of the students said the district ignored reports about Chandler’s behavior. Chandler was found guilty of five counts of child molestation in 2013 and sentenced to 75 years in prison. He blindfolded and molested the girls in his class, waiting for the other students to leave class so victims would be isolated, the San Jose Mercury News reported.
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Though the criminal lawsuit is over, the settled suit targeted the district itself as well as the school's former principal, vice principal and human resources director. Parents first became suspicious of Chandler in 2011. School officials were notified at the time, but charges were not filed against him by the school.