Kennewick School District settles sexual abuse lawsuit

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. 

No further information was released in consideration of the victims' privacy. 

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