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District: Student Could've Avoided Sex With Coach

Last updated on Saturday, June 2, 2012

(LAPORTE) - A northern Indiana school district has responded to an $18.7 million lawsuit from the family of a teenage girl who had sex with her volleyball coach, saying she voluntarily engaged in the relationship and assumed all risk.

The family filed the lawsuit last week, maintaining LaPorte Community Schools officials ignored signs the two were involved in a relationship.

The lawsuit claims the district 25 miles west of South Bend didn't properly supervise its employees or provide a safe environment for the girl.

Robert Ashcraft was sentenced to 21 years in prison last July on charges of sexual misconduct and child seduction.

The Times of Munster reported the school district denied the family's allegations and claimed she knew what she was doing. The girl was 15 at the time.

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