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Breck School and former student reach settlement in sex abuse cover-up suit


A settlement was reached in a lawsuit filed by a former student at Breck School who alleged he was sexually assaulted by a teacher in the 1970s, the Star Tribune reports.

The suit filed by Richard Covin, now in his 50s, against the college preparatory school school claims Breck officials didn't do enough to protect the student from abuse by William Allan Jacobs, 70.

Minnesota Public Radio reported that Jacobs told the Breck headmaster in 1974 that he had abused a student and promised not to do it again, according to a deposition. Covin was abused by Jacobs during a three-year period after that conversation, MPR said.

The details of the settlement weren't disclosed. Covin initially sought $50,000 in damages.

Before coming to Breck in 1973, Jacobs was a camp counselor in northern Minnesota and taught at Blake School. Jacobs later went on to serve as chief of Minneapolis Park Police until 2001.

After a teenager came forward in 2010 and told police Jacobs had been molesting him, multiple victims followed. A separate Star Tribune report said 17 victims alleged they were abused by Jacobs between 1962 and 1980, but prosecutors were only allowed to present testimony from three of them.

Jacobs is currently serving an 18-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to three counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct and three counts of possessing child pornography.

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