California school district to pay another $2.25MILLION to settle lawsuits over teacher Laura Whitehurst’s abuse of students
- The settlement brings the amount paid by Redlands Unified School District to Laura Whitehurst’s victims up to $8.25 million since her 2013 arrest
- In August 2016, the district agreed to pay $6million to a former student who impregnated Whitehust while she was his teacher
- Whitehurst admitted to police in 2013 she had sex with the youth 10 to 15 times in her classroom and at her apartment, a police report stated
A Southern California school district will pay an extra $2.25million to settle the latest lawsuit involving a teacher who became pregnant by one of at least two students she was accused of sexually abusing.
The settlement brings the amount paid by Redlands Unified School District to Laura Whitehurst’s victims up to $8.25 million since her 2013 arrest.
In August 2016, the district agreed to pay $6million to a former student who impregnated Whitehust while she was his teacher.
The latest lawsuit was filed in 2021 by another former student who alleged he was preyed upon and sexually abused at Redlands High School by Whitehurst in 2007 and 2008 when he was 14, according to the plaintiff’s attorney, Morgan Stewart.
Whitehurst admitted to police in 2013 she had sex with the youth 10 to 15 times in her classroom and at her apartment, a police report stated.
Redlands Unified spokesperson Christine Stephens said Friday that the district was aware of the recent settlement, but could not comment due to confidentiality agreements.
In the other lawsuit, the boy who fathered Whitehurst’s child alleged that Redlands Unified officials knew of his relationship with the teacher and failed to warn his family.
Whitehurst gave birth in 2014 after having sex with the boy for a year, starting when he was 16.
Whitehurst, who taught English and was a soccer coach, pleaded guilty to unlawful sex with three former students.
She faced 41 felony counts but took a plea bargain after agreeing to plead guilty to six of the 41 counts.
She served six months in jail and registered as a sex offender.
The former AP English teacher gave birth to a girl in June 2013 after engaging in a year-long relationship with the student, CBS News reported.
The suit was brought against the school district the following year after the student’s lawyer, Vince Finaldi, claimed the district ‘turned a blind eye’ to the improper conduct.
‘The size of this settlement represents the gravity of the damage done to this young victim and his family and it also highlights the extreme malfeasance and neglect by school officials who turned a blind eye to the criminal conduct of a teacher and failed to protect a student,’ Finaldi said.
The suit claimed that the district failed to inform the student’s parents after there was reason to believe sexual abuse was taking place.
Sexual contact between Whitehurst and the student began in 2012 when the boy was 16.
The student claimed he was stalked by Whitehurst prior to their relationship and that she told him she could not get pregnant.
The student was present at the birth of their daughter and share custody of the baby. However, there is a no contact order between Whitehurst and the student.