Teen abused by Catholic school teacher gets record $8M payout

New York Post | 4/17/2019 | Staff
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The Archdiocese of Los Angeles will pay a record $8 million settlement to a teen who was sexually abused and kidnapped by a teacher at her Catholic high school – the largest-ever payout to a single abuse victim, according to her attorney.

The victim, now 18, was 15 years old when Juan Ivan Barajas, a health teacher and athletic director at the all-girls San Gabriel Mission High School, repeatedly abused and had sex with her.

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He later kidnapped the girl and took her to Las Vegas in the summer of 2016 after his wife found incriminating evidence of the abuse on his cellphone, according to court documents cited by the Los Angeles Times.

Barajas was arrested five days later when a cop spotted his Lexus in Henderson, Nevada, where the girl was rescued. Barajas, 38, pleaded guilty to felony statutory sexual seduction and was sentenced to three years in prison in Nevada and an additional three years in California, according to the outlet.

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“It is astounding this abuse was allowed to occur given all the training and procedures the archdiocese claims it had put in place since the priest-abuse scandals of the early 2000s,” the girl’s attorney, David Ring, told the newspaper.

School officials had received reports of suspicious behavior from a coach and a parent regarding Barajas and students. At least two anonymous...
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