Woman who accused former Sarasota County School Supt. of mishandling sexual harassment case receives $400,000 settlement

Sarasota School Board Approves Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Settlement

SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - Tuesday night, the Sarasota County School Board approved a settlement for Cheraina Bonner, an employee who accused her boss of sexual harassment and former Superintendent Todd Bowden of mishandling the case.

The board agreed to give Bonner nearly $400,000 and $75,000 to her attorney, Sara Blackwell.

Bonner says she was sexually harassed by her boss Jeff Maultsby, who was the assistant superintendent. Maultsby stepped down as did former Superintendent Todd Bowden after he was accused of not properly handling the sexual harassment allegations.

Bonner says she is accepting the settlement.

“What I’m looking for now is some closure, hopefully no more harassing, everything will stop,” said Bonner. “I can go back to being a normal employee, trying to live a somewhat normal life and begin healing.”

“I don’t think there’s anything that can erase what happened to her and there’s no monetary value you can put and what occurred to her and what she’s still going through,” said Blackwell.

The Sarasota County School Board is also hopeful that this settlement will now bring closure with this sexual harassment case as they continue their search for a new superintendent.

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