Mont­gomery County schools sued after teacher’s con­vic­tion

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The con­vic­tion of a Mont­gomery County teacher on child sex abuse charges has led to a mul­ti­mil­lion­dol­lar law­suit against a county board of ed­u­ca­tion.

The law­suit was an­nounced Thurs­day by at­tor­ney Jeff Her­man. It says Mont­gomery County schools “failed mis­er­ably at pro­tect­ing its stu­dents” from John Vigna, 50.

The former Cloverly Ele­men­tary School teacher was con­victed on nine counts of sex­ual abuse in June and was sen­tenced to 48 years in prison last week. Mr. Her­man filed the Ti­tle IX law­suit on be­half of one of the vic­tims, who is now 12 years old. Mr. Her­man said he’ll go after decades of school records, which he says will re­veal ad­min­is­tra­tors were aware Vigna was a prob­lem.

The school sys­tem said it wouldn’t com­ment on the pend­ing case.

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