LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Clark County School Board members approved a multimillion-dollar lawsuit settlement Thursday night in a sexual assault case involving a school bus driver.
Trustees approved the $9 million settlement on a lawsuit that was filed in 2020. The driver, Michael Banco, was arrested in 2015 after being caught on a surveillance camera abusing students on a bus. Banco is currently serving 35 years to life in prison.
At Thursday night’s meeting, several parents spoke about supporting the families whose children were victims of the sexual predator bus driver.
“I am incredibly sorry for the pain and suffering that you have wrongly been put through,” one parent said during the meeting. “But I thank you for your bravery in coming forward, for pursuing justice, and for holding CCSD accountable.”
Banco had been a bus driver for the school district for about 20 years. After one student spoke up about being sexually abused, investigators discovered additional victims.