IPS settles lawsuits tied to ex-counselor

Indianapolis Public Schools has reached confidential settlements in lawsuits related to a former counselor accused of having sex with two teenage students.

The Indianapolis Star reports the settlements are with a student and two former employees. Details of the terms weren’t immediately released, but the district said in a statement that it’s happy to reach a settlement and the “safety of our students has been and continues to be our top priority.”

Shana Taylor was sentenced in 2017 to six years of home detention in the case. She pleaded guilty to three felony counts as part of an agreement with Marion County prosecutors.

In 2016, two IPS officials charged with not immediately notifying authorities of the sexual abuse allegations agreed to enter pretrial diversion programs.•

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