Lawsuit Against Metropolis School Settled Out Of Court

School officials in Metropolis are settling a lawsuit with a former student who claims she was sexually abused.

The lawsuit, filed against former P.E. teacher Darryl Bentson, claimed he sexual abused a third-grader at Franklin Elementary in 1985. The woman is now in her mid-30’s.

She filed the lawsuit in March 2012 after claiming she recalled memories of the alleged abuse after seeing Bentson in 2010.

In a statement through his attorney, Bentson still denied any sexual abuse happened. He questions why it took the plaintiff until 2012 to file the lawsuit for abuse that happened almost three decades prior.

The woman’s attorney stood by the allegations.

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