In Milford, Pike County Judge Gregory Chelak awarded $3 million in punitive
damages and $3 million in compensatory damages to a former Delaware Valley
School District student from the teacher who molested her in third grade.
According to court records, Thomas Harvey Matthews would call the victim
to his desk, at the back of the classroom, during classroom films while
the other students were present. He would have the victim sit on his lap
and molest her. She was not the only victim.
Matthews is still in state prison and receives $756 a month from his school pension.
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