Jury Selection Begins for Teacher Sexual Misconduct Trial
KENNEWICK (AP) — Jury selection has started in a civil trial involving three men who claim a Washington school district failed to protect them from being sexually abused by a teacher and coach.
The Tri-City Herald reports jury selection will continue Tuesday. The plaintiffs say Kennewick School District administrators and teachers were aware of 81-year-old William B. Pickerel's out-of-town sports trips with male students, but never stopped them.
Pickerel pleaded guilty in 2008 to molestation and sexual misconduct with a minor for molesting five Tri-City boys. He is out of prison after serving five and a half years of a 10-year sentence.
Of the 77 jurors who responded Monday, only three were dismissed by the court.