CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) – The Cleveland Metropolitan School District has agreed to pay $ 3.25 million to eight victims of sexual abuse allegedly committed by their former dance teacher.
19 News Investigations uncovered allegations of abuse in 2020 after a former Cleveland school student told similar stories of sexual abuse and rape.
A series of 19 News articles led to a Cleveland Police investigation, an indictment of 74 counts, and ultimately the arrest of former CMSD dance teacher Terence Greene.
Greene worked for the district for about 15 years, and suspected cases of sexual abuse ranged from 2002 to 2019.
At least nine victims are believed to have come forward.
Lawyer Ryan Fisher told 19 News: âThe eight young men I represented are relieved that someone has taken some responsibility for what they had to endure when they were in high school. The settlement agreement with CMSD provided some measure of closure, and now they can move on with their lives. “
The Cleveland Metropolitan School District issued a one-line statement saying, “We can confirm the amount of $ 3.25 million, but, due to the sensitivity of the matter, we have no further comment.”
The federal civil rights lawsuit was filed and alleged to be in violation of Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments.
Terence Greene was employed by the Cleveland School of Arts at the time. Attorney Fisher accused the Cleveland Metropolitan School Board of willful indifference at the time, or of what would be seen as reckless disregard for students who reported allegations of sexual abuse and assault to underage students . In the federal lawsuit, the school district was also accused of failing to investigate the allegations against Greene and, in turn, failing to protect the students.
Greene pleaded not guilty to 74 criminal charges, including rape, sexual assault and kidnapping.
The settlement agreement means the federal lawsuit has been dismissed against CMSD, but the case against Terence Greene is pending.
In the indictment against Greene, he is repeatedly referred to as a sexually violent predator.
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