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Scheduling set in mother's suit over teen's relationship with music teacher

By Amelia Flood | May 17, 2011



The parties in a suit brought by a woman over her teenage daughter's sexual relationship with a music teacher have set out the case's road to trial next year.

Plaintiff Jane Doe's suit against O'Fallon School District #203 and former teacher Matthew Lang is set for trial in May 2012 with discovery set to wrap up in the suit in the early part of next year.

Jane Doe originally sued Lang and an Alton school district on claims related to her teenage daughter's relationship with Lang.

Jane Doe has sought damages in excess of $50,000 and other relief.

The plaintiff added the O'Fallon district and its teachers union to the case after Alton dropped out.

She contends that the O'Fallon defendants concealed information about Lang's prior inappropriate relationships with students when Alton school officials sought information about him during an employment search.

Lang was hired by Alton to teach music at one of its high schools.
While teaching at Alton, Lang began a sexual relationship with the plaintiff's daughter.

Lang eventually pled guilty to criminal charges in connection with that relationship.

The O'Fallon Federation of Teachers settled with Jane Doe for an undisclosed amount.

Madison County Chief Judge Ann Callis approved the settlement in April.

The O'Fallon district denies the plaintiff's claims and has tried without success to have the suit moved to St. Clair County.

The scheduling order entered by the parties May 16 includes dates for the completion of depositions and for deposing expert witnesses.

Discovery is to be finished in the case March 20, 2012.

The suit's trial is set May 21, 2012.

Thomas Falb represents the plaintiff.

James Craney represents the O'Fallon District.

Lang does not have representation in the civil case.

The case is Madison case number 09-L-886.

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