- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 5, 2017

COLUMBIANA, Ala. (AP) - A former teacher and bus driver serving time for sexually abusing students will pay $1.5 million to seven victims under a court settlement.

AL.com reports (https://bit.ly/2p0YRZS ) that Daniel M. Acker Jr., who is serving 17 years for child sexual abuse after admitting to abusing 20 students while employed by the Shelby County school system, reached a settlement with the girls on March 16.

Court records show the school system also reached a settlement, but its details aren’t available.

Acker retired from teaching in 2009. The first accusation against him was levied in 1992, but a grand jury declined to indict him then. He was sentenced in 2012. The lawsuit was filed in 2013.

A quarter of the settlement money will go to one plaintiff, and the rest will be split evenly among the others.

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