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Clark County school trustees OK $1ooK deal in assault lawsuit

The Clark County School District Board of Trustees on Thursday approved a $100,000 settlement in a lawsuit filed by one of the alleged victims of Maysen Melton, who’s accused of assaulting multiple underage classmates at Shadow Ridge High School.

The lawsuit named Melton, Melton’s parents and the School District as defendants, claiming that CCSD put students at risk by allowing Melton to stay in school despite a record of disciplinary action for sexual harassment. Court documents filed by prosecutors in the ongoing District Court case against Melton said he was first disciplined for sexual harassment as a 9-year-old student at Bracken Elementary School, and again at three middle schools.

Melton was then arrested in January 2018 as a 16-year-old student at Palo Verde High School on suspicion of a series of assaults at his previous school, Shadow Ridge, over approximately a year. Melton pleaded not guilty to 23 felony counts, including sexual assault, and awaits jury trial in March.

In May 2o19, the first of three lawsuits was filed against Melton, his parents and the district, in which the alleged victim, referred to as Jane Doe, said Melton raped her in March 2017. Jane Doe said she subsequently suffered anxiety and extreme nausea and avoided school, which affected her grades.

Two other lawsuits from alleged victims were filed this year, one in July and another in October.

Contact Aleksandra Appleton at aappleton@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0218. Follow @aleksappleton on Twitter.

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