$4.5 million awarded to two girls molested by Carlsbad teacher
A jury has returned a $4.5-million judgment in favor of two girls who were molested by their third-grade teacher at a Carlsbad school.
The jury, in the Vista branch of the San Diego County Superior Court, said the Carlsbad Unified School District failed to adequately supervise the teacher, Raymond Firth, who was convicted in 2010 of molesting the girls and served 22 months in prison.
One of the girls was groped by Firth, the jury concluded. The other was fondled while sitting on his lap. They were 8 years old at the time; now 13, both testified at the trial.
Under the jury's verdict, the school district is responsible for 40% of the $4.5 million judgment, Firth for 60%. The verdict was reached Monday.
The girls' case was handled by Los Angeles attorney David Ring, whose firm, Taylor & Ring, has handled numerous cases of child molestation, including winning a $1.6-million judgment in 2008 on behalf of three girls molested by a teacher's aide at Miramonte Elementary School in the Los Angeles Unified School District.
-- Tony Perry in San Diego