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Archive for April, 2014

Kennewick school officials wanted accused teacher pulled earlier from classes

April 28th, 2014Posted By: Megan Chang-Ngaruiya

Contributor: Tri-City Herald - Ty Beaver

About three months before a Kennewick teacher and coach was arrested for sex crimes, school officials wanted him pulled from the classroom. But William Pickerel continued substitute teaching during fall 2007 because police did not want him alerted to their investigation. Now the Kennewick School District is facing a possible lawsuit by victims who claim […]

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Three more former Kennewick High School students file claims against district

April 22nd, 2014Posted By: Megan Chang-Ngaruiya

Contributor: Tri-City Herald - Ty Beaver

Three more former Kennewick High students filed $15 million in claims Monday with the Kennewick School District, saying a teacher and coach molested them at school and on trips. Each victim is seeking $5 million, according to legal documents. The new filings mean there are eight claims with a total value of $40 million against […]

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Lawyer in church rape case asks for bigger award for alleged victim

April 22nd, 2014Posted By: Megan Chang-Ngaruiya

Contributor: Yakima Herald - Donald W. Meyers

YAKIMA, Wash. — A man who alleges he was raped as a teen by a deacon with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Yakima deserves more than the $3.1 million originally sought, his attorney argued in federal court Monday. Attorney Bryan Smith urged U.S. District Judge Edward Shea to use his discretion to award more, suggesting […]

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Alleged sex abuse victims file $25M in claims against Kennewick School District

April 15th, 2014Posted By: Megan Chang-Ngaruiya

Contributor: Tri-City Herald - Ty Beaver

Five men who say a retired Kennewick High School teacher molested them as students filed $25 million in claims Monday against the Kennewick School District. All five say William Pickerel groomed them when he was a teacher and wrestling coach, sexually assaulting and molesting them at school, at his home or on out-of-town sports trips. […]

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State failed sexually abused girl at 3 foster homes

April 14th, 2014Posted By: Megan Chang-Ngaruiya

Contributor: SeattlePI - Levi Pulkkinen

In a lawsuit filed earlier this week at U.S. District Court in Tacoma, attorneys for the girl claim she was sexually assaulted at all three homes where she was placed after she was pulled from her mother’s care as a young child. Two of the girl’s former foster fathers have since been convicted of child […]

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