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Cassia County School District Reaches Out-of-Court Settlement In Sex Abuse Claims

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Tara Bagley was convicted of two felony counts of sexual abuse on a minor 16 to 17 years old. - CASSIA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
  • Cassia County Sheriff's Office
  • Tara Bagley was convicted of two felony counts of sexual abuse on a minor 16 to 17 years old.


Lawyers representing a Magic Valley school district had been scheduled to appear in a Cassia County courtroom Jan. 4, 2016 to answer a civil lawsuit lodged by the parents of a school girl who was sexually victimized by a former vice principal, but the matter has been settled out of court.

Former Burley High School Vice Principal Tara Bagley was convicted in July 2013 on two charges of sexual abuse of a minor 16 to 17 years old and sentenced to two terms of four to 13 years behind bars. Prosecutors said the incidents involving Bagley occurred from July 2011 to December 2012, but the events didn't occur on school property.

Ultimately, a lawsuit by one of Bagley's victims was filed against Bagley, the Cassia County School District, a former principal, the local school board and the school district superintendent. The Twin Falls Times-News reports the complaint "said the district had numerous cases of staff sexually abusing students in the past few years and did not put a policy or program in place to safeguard students."

The Times-News reports the school district denied all the allegations but settled the case, vacating the Jan. 4 hearing. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed in court papers.