Child molester victims to get nearly $11M in settlement
MARTINEZ, Calif. (AP) — Twelve former students of a man convicted of sexually abusing them when he was their teacher at a San Francisco Bay Area school will receive a combined $10.9 million to settle a lawsuit against the school, an attorney said.
Ronald David Guinto, 38, is serving a 931-year sentence after being convicted in 2017 of molesting 15 boys when he was their teacher at Making Waves Academy in Richmond and ran a youth program.
Guinto worked at the charter school from 2011 to 2013, when he also founded a youth program called Camp Epic. Police said he used the camp as a ruse to get along with his preferred victim type, mostly boys ages 11 to 12.
Guinto’s abuse came to light in late 2013, when he was fired from Making Waves and investigated by several local law enforcement agencies. He was then briefly hired by the West Contra Costa School District, before the allegations against him were made public.
“If you hurt children, you’ve got to pay,” Charles Bonner, a civil attorney for the boys who handled the lawsuit, told the East Bay Times on Wednesday.