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Teacher Falsely Accused of Molestation Appears on Today Show

Sean Lanigan continues to make headlines one year after being cleared of molesting a student.

Formerteacher Sean Lanigan continues to make headlines this week, now in the national news. Yesterday Lanigan and his wife Karin appeared on the Today show and told his story to NBC's Meredith Vieira. 

"I thought the world was off my shoulders that day when the jury came back. I thought I'd be back in school the next day. I thought I'd be back on the soccer field and just reunited with the community in Centre Ridge," Lanigan told Vieira. 

"I never understood why I was not able to come back. I petitioned the principal just to come back for graduation, just to see the kids, just to say hello. And he denied that request," Lanigan said. 

Lanigan's case is in the spotlight since the Washington Post detailing how the teacher is still suffering from a false accusation one year after he was cleared of the charges. Fairfax County Public Schools issued a statement to the Post Monday night saying that Lanigan could receive up to $35,000 reimbursement through his teachers association. 

Reporter Norah O'Donnell introduced the country to Lanigan's case outside . To see the full interview click here

mary May 18, 2011 at 05:50 PM
Why not hold the false accusors parents liable for the legal bills? If a child vandalizes school property the parents are responsible for the damages , so why not hold them responsible for defamation of character. Vandalisam can be repaired but, as in apparent from this story, defamation of character follows one for ever. Mary
John Farrell May 19, 2011 at 10:11 PM
Actually, parents are not held responsible for vandalism to the school. The restitution order is directed at the child. Would you want parents to not bring forward accusations of abuse for fear of paying the costs if the accusations were later found to be false? The risk of being ostracized alone kept many families in the Archdiocese of Boston silent for 30-40 years. Not a good outcome. Isn't there an indemnity policy at FCPS for employees who are falsely accused? The County has one.

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