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BECKLEY (AP) — A federal judge has rejected a proposed $65,000 settlement stemming from the alleged gang rape a 13-year-old girl by members of the basketball team at a now-closed Fayette County high school.

The Register-Herald  reports that U.S. District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin rejected the offer in late April after the girl's court-appointed guardian said she had "serious reservations" about the proposed settlement.

The guardian, Maryl Sattler, wrote that the settlement would not cover the costs of future psychological care or private schooling nor adequately compensate the young woman for her suffering.

Only about $34,000 would remain of the $65,000 after attorney's fees.

The alleged rape occurred in November 2010 at Mount Hope High School by five members of the basketball team. The girl later recanted the accusations.

 

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