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Juan Diego settles with family who said student was raped on Europe trip

By Annie Knox, KSL | Updated - Feb 11th, 2019 @ 6:04pm | Posted - Feb 11th, 2019 @ 5:14pm

SALT LAKE CITY — Parents who alleged their teen daughter was raped in her hotel room on a Juan Diego High School trip to Europe have reached a settlement with the school, court documents show.

The terms of the agreement have not been made public.

On Monday, a judge dismissed claims of negligence against the school, the Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City and the teacher who led the trip. Court documents indicate a travel company will also be dismissed from the suit as part of the settlement.

The parents, identified in court documents by initials, sued in Salt Lake City's 3rd District Court in 2017, alleging the teacher didn't check on the girl or know where her hotel room was. They contended she also didn't seek out medical help or report to police on the final night of the trip in Germany.


The girl awoke to what she thought was a burglar and pretended to sleep, court documents claimed, but the intruder instead raped her and held her there for several hours. The instructor allegedly told her, "Unfortunately, this kind of thing happens all the time." The teen's parents rushed her to a hospital after she got off the plane in Salt Lake City, and doctors found indications of sexual assault, the lawsuit claimed.

The school referred comment to the Salt Lake Diocese, which did not immediately return a message left Monday. The teacher who led the trip was not listed on the school's employee webpage.

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