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L.A. Unified School District

LAUSD rehires lawyer who said teen was mature enough to consent to sex with teacher

The Los Angeles Unified School District has rehired an outside attorney it fired last fall after he said it was more dangerous for a teen to cross a street in traffic than to consent to sex with her teacher, district officials said Wednesday. The district announced last November that it would sever ties with the attorney, W. Keith Wyatt, who had argued in court that a 14-year-old girl was partly to blame for her own sexual abuse at the hands of her then-math teacher at Edison Middle School. The teacher, Elkis Hermida, was convicted of lewd acts with a minor and sentenced to three years in prison, but the girl has filed a civil case against L.A. Unified, claiming negligence. ...