SAN JOSE (CBS/AP) — A San Jose jury that found three schoolgirls and their parents liable for defaming a Catholic school teacher they branded as a ‘perv’ is about to decide how much one of the students should pay in punitive damages.
The Santa Clara County Superior Court jury found on Friday that the defendants damaged John Fischler’s reputation by spreading false statements that he inappropriate touched the children and peeked into a girls’ bathroom.
49-year-old teacher was awarded at least $362,000 in compensatory damages.
The jury also found that one of the girls, now 14 years old, acted with malice and is liable for punitive damages. The second phase of the trial to determine how much she’ll have to pay is set to begin Monday.
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