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Convicted Shohola teacher sued


October 30, 2013

The victim of a teacher convicted of molesting a third-grade student is seeking restitution from the teacher that was convicted of molesting many years ago. In 2006, Thomas Matthews, a former teacher at Shohola Elementary School, was convicted of various charges after students testified about how he put his hands under their clothing.

One account of the crimes said that Matthews would fondle a child as she sat on his lap with all of the other students faced away from him while they watched a movie in the darkened classroom.

Judge Joseph Kameen handed down of sentence of up to 24 years for the crimes committed against the students. The alleged crimes were committed in 1998 and 1999.

After the sentencing, the victim sued the school district for ignoring allegations from previous years that Matthews had inappropriately touched other students. That lawsuit was settled in 2010 reportedly for more than $800,000, with the school district not admitting to any wrong-doing.

In this new lawsuit the victim, who is now 23 years old, is seeking proceeds from Matthew’s pension.