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City May Pay $1.5 Million To High School Rape Victim Whose Case Officials Hid for Almost Two Years

City officials in Manchester, New Hampshire took a year and nine months to announce that a 14-year-old girl was raped at one of its high schools.

A 17-year-old boy was convicted on June 22, 2017 of raping the girl on September 30, 2015 in an out-of-sight alcove in an out-of-the-way hallway at Manchester High School West that school officials knew students used to skip class and smoke cigarettes and marijuana, prosecutors said. The rape was first publicly disclosed when the district attorney’s office that prosecuted the case issued a press release about it.

Now, school officials are taking steps to settle the victim’s lawsuit against the city’s school district for $1.5 million, according to The Union Leader.

The rapist had a history of juvenile crimes, including arson. He also had a lengthy school disciplinary record, according to The Union Leader.

He is serving a sentence of 10 to 20 years in prison.

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