Lawmakers push to strip pensions for child predator teachers

Lawmakers push to strip pensions for child predator teachers

Laurence Hill is a convicted rapist. His victims were 10- and 11-year-old girls he taught in a Seattle school. He served five years in prison for his crimes, and the Seattle School District paid his victims a $3 million settlement.

And yet, Hill has never missed a monthly pension paycheck. So far, he’s collected $208,000 more from a state taxpayer-funded pension than he put into the system before getting fired.

Critics say Hill and more violent predators shouldn’t get a dime.

“For them to now be in prison, a felony charge against them, and still be eligible to collect a state pension that the taxpayers also pay into, is not satisfactory,” Washington state Sen. Barbara Bailey said.

Bailey, a Republican, has introduced a bill that would add Washington to the list of states penalizing those who violate the public trust, by taking away their pension.

The bill has a hearing scheduled for Tuesday.

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