A couple months ago, I wrote this:
Since his firing in 2008, he’s been on “unpaid administrative leave pending an appeal.”
At the time, Freshwater dropped the lawsuit without a settlement.
It looks like there’s finally resolution to the case.
Freshwater is the clear loser, just as he always should have been.
The Nov. 23 ruling by Judge Robert H. Hoover of Licking County Probate Court approves the $450,000 settlement reached in August to compensate Stephen and Jenifer Dennis for mental pain and suffering, and their son, Zachary, for physical pain and sickness caused by John Freshwater, Zachary’s ninth-grade science teacher.
Included in the $450,000 settlement is an annuity of $150,000 to be paid over 13 years to Zachary, who now is enrolled in another school district. Jones Day, the law firm that represented the family, will get $25,000, which is apart from the $450,000 settlement. The money will be paid by Ohio Casualty, the district’s insurer.
No word yet on whether he still keeps his job.
At least justice was finally served. The proselytizing teacher was punished for what he did. Let’s move on.
(Thanks to Ashley for the link)