CCSD settles sexual assault of student case for $300,000

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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The Charleston County School District recently reached a settlement for hundreds of thousands of dollars for a sexual assault case involving a child at a North Charleston elementary school.

According to Charleston court records, a $300,000 settlement was filed three weeks ago.

The child's mother and her attorneys said in the documents the boy was repeatedly sexually assaulted at Dunston Elementary School during the 2015-2016 school year.

An 11-year-old boy allegedly suffered "personal injuries due to repeated sexual assault" by "an employee" of Charleston County Schools.

The document says CCSD denied these claims, but they reached a settlement with the mother of the child.

The parties agreed to release the district from claims and damages for a $300,000 settlement.

Legal fees accounted for $120,000.

$7,500 was earmarked for medical expenses.

In the documents, the mother wrote that the money was for physical injury and harm, medical expenses, physical and mental pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life and emotional distress.

We left messages for the attorneys on both sides of this case today; we have not received responses from them yet.

CCSD said they could not provide a comment.

The three-page settlement does not specifically name the suspect.

We can tell you an Dunston Elementary employee named Marvin Gethers was arrested in January 2016 for having child pornography on his district laptop.

He was charged with criminal exploitation of a minor.

Jail records show he was later charged with criminal sexual conduct with a minor.

The Charleston County Coroner confirmed Gethers has since died in hospice care.

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