Two women who were sexually abused by their former English teacher at the Marlborough School have settled what remained of a lawsuit in which they said he was hired despite complaints about his conduct at another school where he previously taught.
Chelsea Burkett, 33, had previously reached a resolution of her case with the Marlborough School and over the weekend obtained a settlement with Viewpoint School in Calabasas. The second plaintiff, identified only as 30-year- old Jane Doe 2, also reached an accord with both schools.
Jury selection had been scheduled to begin Monday morning in Los Angeles Superior Court on the allegations that remained prior to the latest settlements.
Burkett was a student in Joseph Koetters’ English class at Marlborough in 2000-01, and Doe 2 in 2003-04. Their consolidated lawsuit alleged that the administration at Viewpoint School, where Koetters taught before being hired at Marlborough, gave the teacher a good recommendation to Marlborough’s staff even though he had a spotty record at Viewpoint.
In a “Nightline” interview that aired in April, Burkett went public with her name and discussed being the victim of childhood sexual abuse. She said she did not realize Koetters caused her psychological harm until 2014, when she read an online essay written by another female who claimed she also was sexually harassed by the teacher.
Koetters was arrested in February 2015. The 50-year-old Santa Monica resident was sentenced to a year in county jail in October 2015 for engaging in sex acts off-campus with both women. He was released early and completed a year- long program for sex offenders, according to his lawyer.
–City News Service