Scales of justice

Laramie County School District No. 1 reached a settlement late last month with a student who was sexually abused by his elementary school teacher for nearly two years.

The details of the settlement aren’t included in court filings. A message left for the district’s attorney was not returned, and a woman who answered the phone for the student’s attorneys said they would not comment. The case was dismissed by mutual consent on Oct. 20.

The student’s lawsuit — filed by his guardian in April 2016 — alleged that the district could’ve done more to prevent the teacher, 52-year-old Anna Andersen, from sexually abusing the boy, who was 12 at the time. Through a district-approved mentoring program, the two were in “nearly constant contact” over a two-year period, during which time Andersen had “sexual encounters on hundreds of occasions” with the victim, the lawsuit alleged.

The suit claimed that the relationship became sexual in the late spring or early summer of 2012. It continued until March 2014.

Chad Delbridge, the principal at the elementary school, allegedly became aware of the relationship a few months after it began, the suit said. Several staff members at the school had expressed concern. Delbridge told Andersen she wasn’t to give the student rides home anymore, though he allegedly did not inform the student’s parents.

In previous court filings, the district and Delbridge had denied the accusations. Andersen pleaded no contest to two counts of sexual abuse of a minor in spring 2015. She was sentenced to eight to 12 years at the Wyoming Women’s Center.

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Seth Klamann joined the Star-Tribune in 2016 and covers education and health. A 2015 graduate of the University of Missouri and proud Kansas City native, Seth worked for newspapers in Milwaukee and Omaha before coming to Casper.

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