10 Claims Filed Against Kennewick School District Totally $50 Million
Two more former Kennewick High School students have come forward saying they were sexually molested by former teacher William Pickerel, and filed claims asking for money from the school district.
These two victims bring the total filing claims to 10 and total amount filed against the school district to $50 million.
Each victim is seeking five million dollars in this case.
The men said Pickerel 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 district 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 received from the Kennewick School District the school had an idea misconduct between Pickerel and students may have been taking place but failed to do anything.
Kreutz doesn't know if any more claims will be filed.
Pickerel pleaded guilty in 2008 for having sex or inappropriately touching five Kennewick boys.
He served five and a half years of his 10 year sentence, and was released in March.
Pickerel is now living in Seattle.
The school district said it cannot comment on the litigation, which will be handled by the district's insurance company.
There is no word yet on when the claims will be heard in court.