IPS settles sexual abuse lawsuit with former student for $490K

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Feb. 25, 2016) -- Indianapolis Public Schools has agreed to pay a settlement to a former student over sexual abuse by an ex-administrator.

The IPS Board of Commissioners formally approved the $490,000 settlement at a meeting Thursday.

"It was an unfortunate incident that occurred in 2012 before this administration was in place," Operations Officer David Rosenberg said. "It’s something that IPS takes very seriously and we put into place policies and procedures to protect students to the utmost, including regular training of principals and their staff."

Rosenberg said the district, which has been cash-strapped in recent years, will used money gained through cost-cutting measures and the recent sale of property to pay the settlement.

The victim, who has not been identified, sued the district for failing to punish former administrator Corey Greenwood.

The lawsuit stemmed from misconduct by Greenwood in 2012 when the victim was 16 years old and a student at George Washington High School (GWHS).

The female alleged that the Defendants were liable under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 because multiple IPS officials, including the Director of Secondary Education, the Chief of Human Resources, the IPS Police Chief, and the principal of GWHS, had knowledge of Greenwood’s prior misconduct with at least one other female student and had authority to institute corrective measures, but nevertheless failed to do so..

The former student, now 19, also alleges that IPS negligently hired and retained Greenwood despite knowing that he posed a known danger to minor female students.The lawsuit says, "IPS not only continued to employ Greenwood after his prior misconduct with students became known, but IPS even promoted him to positions which afforded him greater access to his victims such as the Plaintiff in this case."

According to the lawsuit, at the time of the sexual abuse the female was a 21st Century Scholar. But Greenwood’s abuse and its aftermath have had lasting effects on her. She is currently serving in the Army reserve and still hopes to attend college.

The lawsuit says the female chose to file the lawsuit for two reasons. “First, she wants to hold Greenwood, his mother and IPS accountable for what happened. Although Greenwood pled guilty to child seduction and obstruction of justice, he spent only 14 days in jail. Second, she wants to help prevent other teenage girls from being similarly victimized. When schools put students at risk by employing known predators, there will be consequences.”

IPS says the involved parties agreed to the following terms:

  • Defendant IPS will pay Plaintiff $490,000
  • Defendant Cory Greenwood will pay Plaintiff $10,000
  • Parties will execute settleme​nt documents, including stipulations of dismissal with prejudice and releases of all claims
  • Plaintiff and IPS will share the cost of mediation with the parties bearing their own costs and attorney fees

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