LA Unified to pay $320K in teacher misconduct case


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LOS ANGELES (AP) — 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 Los Angeles Times reported Monday (http://lat.ms/1m3OKSk) that 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.

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