Autauga County School Board Reaches Deal in Teacher Sex Case

PRATTVILLE, Ala. (AP) - The Autauga County Board of Education and the parents of six children who were touched improperly by a former substitute teacher have settled a personal injury suit brought against the board.

The former substitute, 62-year-old Terry Wright, last year pleaded guilty to seven counts of first-degree sexual abuse and is in prison.

Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

There are pending lawsuits filed by families of two elementary school students who were also touched improperly by Wright. Federal Judge Mark Fuller must approve the agreement before it can become final because the plaintiffs are minors.

The hearing is set for later this month.

The sexual abuse charges stem from an incident in October 2004
at Prattville Elementary School.

According to records, Wright's behavior was questioned a week before the incident and similar concerns were aired while he was working as a substitute at Prattville Intermediate School.

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