Girl who was abused by school bus driver gets $10 million

A San Luis Obispo County school district has agreed to pay a 9-year-old special needs student $10 million to settle a lawsuit after she was repeatedly molested by a hired school bus driver despite being convicted of one count of ” Peeping Tom”.

The bus driver, David Lamb, sexually abused the girl every day on his bus for six months in 2017 while working for the Lucia Mar Unified School District, authorities alleged. A detective testified that the driver showed her child pornography, exposed himself and touched her. Lamb pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual abuse and was sentenced to 16 years in prison in 2019. He took a plea deal to avoid a life sentence on several other sexual offense charges.

While juries have returned higher verdicts, the settlement is the largest of its kind for an individual case, according to attorneys David Ring and Robert May, who represented the chiId.

According to court documents, Lamb had a prior criminal conviction on one count of “peeping Tom” and did not disclose that conviction on his initial job application to the school district that serves Arroyo Grande.

In the lawsuit, the girl’s attorneys alleged that district officials learned of Lamb’s conviction and informed him that he was automatically disqualified from working in the district. But three months later, with the help of the district’s transportation supervisor, Lamb was hired as a bus driver, according to court documents filed by the girl’s attorney.

“The District violated its own rules by hiring Lamb,” Ring said. “They were desperate for the bus drivers; They didn’t care that they were hiring a man with a history of sexual offenses.”

District officials did not respond to calls for comment.

According to court documents, Lamb would often pull off the road and park in a secluded area and then sexually abuse the girl.

According to the lawsuit, the district’s transportation supervisor had in her possession bus surveillance video that captured a recent incident in which Lamb sexually abused the girl. But the supervisor never saw the entire tape, claiming that she “didn’t see anything unusual” in it.

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