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Teacher ordered to pay £1m to teen sex victim

Lawsuit: Toni Sutton had an affair with a 15-year-old boy

A FEMALE teacher in the US who groomed a 15-year-old boy for sex has been ordered to pay him almost £1million in damages.

Toni Sutton, 40, had intercourse with him dozens of times in her classroom over eight months.

The mother-of-one, who taught Spanish at Crawford High, San Diego, California, was jailed for two years in July 2016 after admitting to two charges of unlawful sex.

Several teachers had known months before Sutton’s arrest that the student was missing class to be with her, court files said.

He is now 19 and a jury has awarded him £1.6million damages after deciding the school district was negligent in failing to prevent the abuse. A spokesman said the district was responsible for paying 40 per cent and Sutton the rest.

The teenager said: ‘My whole life has been turned upside down. She broke my heart. I want my life back.’