Child mo­lester vic­tims to get nearly $11M in set­tle­ment

Antelope Valley Press - - NEWS -

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.

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