District pays $600K to settle counselor sex abuse lawsuits

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis Public Schools paid almost $600,000 to settle three lawsuits in a case involving a former school counselor who was accused of having sex with students.

The Indianapolis Star obtained the financial details of the settlements through public records requests. The school board approved them nearly two weeks ago without disclosing the amount.

The lawsuits arose from allegations that former counselor Shana Taylor had sex with two students while working for the district in 2015 and 2016.

Taylor pleaded guilty to three felony counts.

In one case, a male student who said Taylor sexually abused and harassed him sued the district for negligence and other charges. Court records show the district denied the allegations. That case was settled for $95,000.

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This story has been corrected to show that the district settled three lawsuits, not two.

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Information from: The Indianapolis Star, http://www.indystar.com

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