Crime & Justice

LA Unified to pay $320K in teacher misconduct case

Teacher Jason Leon, who was charged Monday, Feb. 4, 2013 with multiple counts of child molestation and battery of students at Gaspar Portola Middle School.
Teacher Jason Leon, who was charged Monday, Feb. 4, 2013 with multiple counts of child molestation and battery of students at Gaspar Portola Middle School.
Courtesy LAPD

The Los Angeles Unified School District has agreed to pay $320,000 to the family of a girl who was the victim of misconduct by a teacher when she attended Portola Middle School in Tarzana.

Attorney Paul Mones, who was co-counsel for the victim, says the district agreed to the settlement earlier this year.

The case involved history teacher Jason Leon, who was arrested in February 2013 on suspicion of having inappropriate conduct with three students.

The alleged abuse involved two 13-year-olds in June 2012 and one 14-year-old in June 2010.

Leon pleaded guilty to charges including misdemeanor battery and child abuse.

As part of a plea deal, Leon agreed to forfeit his teaching credential and enter alcohol treatment.