Lawsuit against ex-teacher, Vail Valley private school settled |

Lawsuit against ex-teacher, Vail Valley private school settled

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Clorado

VAIL VALLEY, Colorado ” A lawsuit stemming from the 2008 conviction of a former Vail Christian High School teacher for attempted sexual assault has been settled for an undisclosed amount of money, said John Clune, a lawyer for the victim and her family.

John James Allen, a former theology teacher and assistant volleyball coach at the Edwards private school, was arrested in October 2007, shortly after he sent the school his letter of resignation.

Allen was accused of having a sexual relationship with a student and in December, 2007, pleaded guilty to having “an inappropriate sexual relationship” with a female student.

In February, 2008, he was sentenced to 150 days in the Eagle County jail and 10 years of sex-offender probation. He was required to register as a sex offender, given a curfew and prohibited from drinking alcohol. He also was prohibited from being with children less than 18 years of age other than his two daughters.

The victim’s name is being withheld because she was a minor when Allen was arrested.

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The civil lawsuit, which was filed against the school and Allen, contended that Vail Christian was negligent in its supervision of the teacher, Clune said Thursday in a e-mailed statement.

Vail Christian High School officials could not be reached by press time Thursday night.

The settlements were reached earlier this year and the lawsuit was dismissed by an Eagle County judge on Wednesday, Clune said.

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