Fayette schools ask for rehearing

$3.7 million at stake over sex-abuse lawsuit

jwarren@herald-leader.comJune 13, 2009 

The Fayette County Board of Education has asked the Kentucky Court of Appeals for a rehearing of its ruling last month upholding Carol Lynne Maner's $3.7 million award against the school district.

Petitions for a rehearing are standard procedure in such appeals cases.

Maner was awarded damages in 2007 by a Fayette Circuit Court jury, which found that Fayette school officials ignored allegations in the 1970s and 1980s that Maner was sexually abused by teachers, a guidance counselor and an assistant principal while she was a student.

The school board appealed the trial court decision, but the Court of Appeals rejected the appeal in May. Now, the school board is asking the appeals court to take another look at its decision.

Among other things, the board's petition contends that appeals court was mistaken when it held in May that the statute of limitations had not run out in Maner's case.

The school board had the option of either asking the Court of Appeals for a rehearing, or taking the case to the Kentucky Supreme Court.

The Herald-Leader generally does not identify people who allege sexual abuse, but Maner came forward after she filed the civil lawsuit.

Reach Jim Warren at (859) 231-3255 or 1-800-950-6397 Ext. 3255

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