Posted: Sep 10, 2012 3:52 PM by Maddie Garrett
At least a $2 million settlement has been reached between Ascension Episcopal School and a former student who was sexually abused by a former school counselor. Allison Hargrave is currently serving a 30 year sentence in federal prison sentence after she pleaded guilty to having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old female student and sending that student explicit emails and text messages.
A civil lawsuit sought damages for both the girl and her parents. The student was awarded lifetime payments of $3,245 per month beginning April 2018, and five lump sum payments of $20,000 beginning April 2025 through April 2045. She will also receive a final lump sum payment of $386,702.88 in April 2050.
The settlement for the victim's case was made public because her parents were assigned as her tutors.
Ascension Episcopal School released this statement to KATC Monday:
"We are grateful for the mutually agreed resolution to an obviously painful matter caused by the crimes committed by Dr. Hargrave. We continue to pray for the victim, the victim's family and the community as it continues to heal."
-Michael J. Remondet, Jr.
Vice-Chair, Ascension Episcopal School Board of Trustees.