Alleged Sex Abuse Victims Filing $25 Million Claim Against The Kennewick School District

Five men are filing a $25 million claim against the Kennewick School District.

The men said they were molested by former teacher William Pickerel while he was a teacher and wrestling coach at Kennewick High School.

The victims said Pickerel sexually assaulted them at school, his house or during out of town trips.

Jeff Kreutz, the attorney representing the victims, said his clients are suing the school distrcit and not Pickerel as of now because they want the school to stop brushing this under the rug and acknowledge their part.

Kreutz believes that based on documents he's recieved from the Kennewick School District the school had an idea misconduct between Pickerel and students may have been taking place but failed to do anythig.

He said Pickerel was even called into the school's office one time to discuss his sleeping arrangements on trips.

Kreutz said two more former students have contacted him so more claims against the school district are possible.

Pickerel pleaded guilty in 2008 for having sex or inappropriately touching five Kennewick boys.

He served 5 and a half years of his ten year sentence, and was released last month.

Pickerel now lives in Seattle

The school district said it cannot comment on pending litigation but that the district's insurance carrier will be handling the claim.

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