January 15, 2014

Olympia School District to Pay $1.2M to Child Sex Abuse Victim

The Olympia School District’s insurer has tentatively agreed to pay $1.2 million to a former Garfield Elementary School kindergartener who was molested by Gary Shafer, a former Olympia school bus driver, in 2010.

In 2011, a Thurston County Superior Court judge sentenced former Olympia school bus driver Gary Schafer, now 35, to 14 1/2 years to life in prison for sexually assaulting three girls on Olympia school buses, including the then-5-year-old girl whose civil case was settled on Tuesday.

Shafer’s two other minor victims also have won cash awards as a result of their civil lawsuits. In September 2013, the school district’s insurer agreed to pay a then 6-year-old victim $750,000 to settle her lawsuit.

And, in late September 2012, a jury ordered the Olympia school district to pay a third victim $1.4 million after it found the district was negligent and failed to properly supervise Shafer. The jury awarded the girl $1.4 million at the conclusion of a jury trial.

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