A teacher jailed for having sex with a 15-year-old student in a classroom has been ordered to pay him $1 million damages, it has been reported.
Former middle school English teacher Jennifer Caswell, who is currently serving 10 years in prison over her 2015 crime, reportedly doesn’t have enough money to pay the judgement.
It was unclear if a failure to pay the equivalent of £776,900 could change the length of her jail term, according to The Oklahoman.
The payout is a result of a lawsuit filed on behalf of the victim and his father.
Oklahoma Judge Robin J. Cauthron, who presided over the case, ruled that Caswell caused the child intentional emotional distress.
Cauthron said in her judgement obtained by that paper that the boy, whose name is being withheld due to the nature of Caswell’s crimes, has experienced “depression, isolation, and self-blame”, the New York Daily News reports.
“He experienced humiliation when members of his community publicly chastised him and when strangers recognised him and questioned him about the scandal,” she wrote.
The victim’s lawyer, Bob Wyatt, told the newspaper he and his clients are thrilled with Cauthron’s ruling.
“We are pleased that the judge considered the outrageous behavior of the teacher and are pleased with the fact that the judge sent a message to teachers and schools across the state of Oklahoma that sexual abuse of a child by a teacher will not be condoned,” he said.
The boy and his family previously received payment from Hollis Public Schools, where Caswell was employed, in the amount of $125,000. (£97,000)
According to a report from the Oklahoman at the time, school officials were accused of having attempted to cover up the abuse the pupil suffered.
The lawsuit revealed that the school agreed to allow Caswell to keep her teaching credentials if she resigned from her position. She did so in April 2014.
Additionally, the victim’s father alleged in the filing that Hollis Public Schools employees failed to report his son’s abuse to police after two separate witnesses saw her and the child having sex in a classroom.
The school district opted to settle with the family, the paper reported.
Andy Fugitt, the lawyer chosen to represent the school, told The Olklahoman school officials had chosen to maintain the position that the situation was correctly handled.
“The district’s overall position is that they acted appropriately once they were aware of the issue,” he said.
Caswell pleaded guilty to six counts of second-degree rape, child enticement and forcible sodomy in June 2015.
At the time, the Oklahoman reported that she opted not to defend herself against the family’s lawsuit.
She remains imprisoned at Mabel Basset Correctional Center, according to online records.
Caswell was sentenced to 10 years in 2015 and will be required to register as a sex offender upon release.