Former student, school settle sexual abuse lawsuit

Published 10:17 am Monday, December 1, 2014

MINNEAPOLIS — A private Catholic high school in St. Paul has settled a lawsuit filed by a former student who was sexually assaulted by a weight room instructor six years ago, a newspaper has reported.

The Star Tribune reported that Cameron Clarkson’s lawsuit alleged Cretin-Derham Hall was negligent because it failed to supervise Gail E. Gagne, failed to prevent her misconduct and failed to protect him, alleging that other students bullied and targeted him.

The case was scheduled to go to trial next week. Terms of the settlement were unclear.

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The school’s attorney, Teri Bentson, couldn’t be reached on Wednesday and didn’t immediately return an email from The Associated Press on Sunday. Jeff Anderson, Clarkson’s attorney, told the Star Tribune that the settlement hasn’t been formalized. The lawsuit also named Gagne as a plaintiff; her attorney told the newspaper that she settled with the student a week or two ago for $1.