Manly, Stewart & Finaldi Secures Major Victory for Victims of Child Sex Abuse

The Los Angeles Unified School District will be paying big compensation, due to the verdict of a Los Angeles Superior Court jury, to two young boys who were sexually abused by their teacher years ago. Learn how Manly, Stewart & Finaldi helped bring this case to a successful end.

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Manly, Stewart & Finaldi hasbrought a lengthy sex abuse case to a close with resounding success after securing millions in compensation for two young boys who were molested by their LAUSD teacher years ago.

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Due to successful jury verdict, LAUSD will pay millions to two young boys who were molested by their teacher:


In a decisive and newsworthy victory, the sex abuse attorneys at Manly, Stewart & Finaldi have earned two separate verdicts in excess of 3 million dollars for two young clients who were molested close to five years ago by their teacher. The abuser – Mr. Paul Chapel III – was first arrested and tried for sex abuse against minors some 15 years ago but kept his job all the while. For this criminal violation, he was actually convicted for his crimes back in 2012. The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) settled out of court with some of his 13 victims. The trial in for these two boys shone a light on the misconduct of the Los Angeles Unified School District with respect to its negligent hiring and supervision of Paul Chapel III, paving the way to this legal victory.

LAUSD and its representatives argued to the jury that each boy’s trauma was not directly related to the sexual abuse. They argued that instead they suffered from the events of their own fathers’ deaths, as well as their own developmental challenges. Furthermore, the district stated that the boys were doing well and no longer seemed to suffer from any traumatization. They proposed just $490,000 for each victim.

The compassionate and knowledgeable lawyers at Manly, Stewart & Finaldi, undeterred, fought for reasonable compensation for these boys, believing that it was shameful for the district to blame the victims and their parents for their damages. This motivated them to fight even harder for a larger and deserved compensation amount.

Indications of a Possibly Massive Problem

Manly, Stewart & Finaldi have recently represented other children and their families for other sexual abuse cases coming from LAUSD. There are also dozens more pending, waiting to be resolved. All of this indicates that sexual abuse and molestation is a huge problem for young boys and girls in the greater Los Angeles area, and that more litigation is necessary to eliminate it. Attorney Manly believes that a thorough investigation from the federal government might also be called for.

The New York Times has published a full article on this case and story here, for those interested in learning more. If you need help with a sexual abuse case involving your child or another you love, please do not hesitate to contact our firm at 800-761-2220 right away.