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FCPS Offers SLHS' Lanigan $72K for Legal Fees

School board's latest offer to falsely accused gym teacher covers only a portion of his legal fees.

Fairfax County Public Schools says it will pay physical education teacher Sean Langian more than $72,000 for legal fees , The Washington Post reported.

The $72,838 is only a portion of the estimated $125,000 Lanigan spent defending himself against two felony charges in 2010. The Post reports that State law allows a county or state employee who is cleared of criminal charges to recover legal fees and expenses but not other costs, which for Lanigan were about $18,000. 

Lanigan, 45, first asked for $107,838 for his fees and expenses in July 2010, two months after his acquittal in Fairfax County Circuit Court.

Lanigan then sued for the entire amount.

The school board agreed in a closed session Thursday to pay $72,838, the Post reported.

A sixth grader at Centre Ridge Elementary in Centreville accused Lanigan in January 2010. Lanigan, who is the boys soccer coach at Herndon High School, was charged with abduction and aggravated sexual battery of a child under 13.

A jury acquitted him on both charges and the girl also admitted she fabricated the story.

Lanigan was transferred from Centre Ridge to South Lakes prior to the 2010-11 school year.

Graham June 25, 2012 at 06:18 PM
Correction to comment: **12 years old**
Fred Costello June 25, 2012 at 07:00 PM
Where is the disincentive for FCPS personnel to repeat this error and for the students not to falsely accuse their teachers? (1) FCPS is not paying. Taxpayers are paying. Maybe FCPS personnel should be paying. With 22,000 employees, the fees are covered with $6 per employee. (2) It seems that the accuser and her classmate witness also suffer little or no consquences. Something should happen to deter other students. In times past, offending God would suffice.
Scott June 25, 2012 at 11:00 PM
John - you seem to have the scoop on this. Can you post the information that we can contribute to Sean Langian fund. This is a cause I would like to help with as a travesty occurred and to much hem hawing around - lets get the man debt free so he can live his life and continue working with our children!!
Scott June 25, 2012 at 11:02 PM
"It seems that the accuser and her classmate witness also suffer little or no consquences. Something should happen to deter other students." AMEN! I would love to know what is going on with this little chick! Can he sue the living crap out of her parents for deformation?
The Only Daughter July 15, 2012 at 09:32 PM
This little girl now attends Liberty Middle School, all teachers beware.

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