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Court throws out $4.5 million sexual assault judgment against school district

The lawsuit stemmed from the principal, Michael Alcoser, being convicted in 2011 of molesting a student over several years. He was sentenced to 18 years in prison. (SBG Photo)

A federal appeals court has thrown out a $4.5 million judgement against the South San School District over the sexual assault of a student.

The lawsuit stemmed from the principal, Michael Alcoser, being convicted in 2011 of molesting a student over several years. He was sentenced to 18 years in prison.

The victim, who is not named, sued the school district and was awarded $4.5 million.

But on Friday an appeals court overruled that award, saying the district was not responsible for the actions of the principal. The court also determined that no one, other than the principal, had knowledge of the abuse.

No word yet on whether the victim will appeal the ruling.

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