Crime & Justice

LA schools ordered to pay $6 million in molestation case

The district previously reached multimillion-dollar settlements with some of the other victims of a former Telfair Avenue Elementary School teacher.
The district previously reached multimillion-dollar settlements with some of the other victims of a former Telfair Avenue Elementary School teacher.
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The Los Angeles Unified School District has been ordered to pay more than $6 million to two boys molested by an elementary school teacher.

Jurors deliberated less than a day before returning Thursday's verdict, which awarded a little more than $3 million to each victim.

School officials did not dispute that the boys, both now teenagers, were molested but argued for a lesser amount.

Former Telfair Avenue Elementary School teacher Paul Chapel III pleaded no contest in 2012 to molesting 13 boys over a period of nearly five years. He is serving a 25-year prison sentence.

The district previously reached multimillion-dollar settlements with some of the other victims.

One of the two teenagers was in Chapel's third-grade class. The other said Chapel lured him to his classroom with candy.