KENNEWICK, Wash. - Three former Kennewick High School students settled a lawsuit against the Kennewick School District alleging that administrators were aware of sexual abuse by a former teacher and coach.
More than a dozen men accused Bill Pickerel, 81, of molesting them as students, often during out-of-town sports trips.
The three who settled were seeking a total of $70 million from the school district.
In 2008, Pickerel pleaded guilty to molestation and sexual misconduct with a minor for abusing five boys.
He’s out of prison after serving five and a half years of a 10 year prison sentence.
“Our clients are satisfied with the settlement and appreciate the support they have received through this difficult process,” according to prosecuting attorneys Jeff Kreutz and Megan Chang-Ngaruiya.
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