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July 8, 2009

Vidor assistant principal’s civil suit dismissed with prejudice

A civil suit involving Danny Reynolds Jr., former assistant Vidor High School principal, and his 17-year-old accuser during a criminal trial, has been dismissed with prejudice.

Both attorneys, Larry Hunter and Clay Dugas, agreed they are happy the “nightmare is over.” However, they cannot discuss the terms of the settlement because of a confidentiality agreement.

According to Reynolds attorney, Larry Hunter, both parties agreed to dismiss the suits after an offer was made.

Reynolds was found not guilty in February of charges of aggravated sexual assault and improper relationship between an educator and a student.

During the criminal trial it was alleged the relationship began when Reynolds gave the 14-year- old girl a ride home in November 2005. The girl testified in court, the relationship turned sexual. The pair allegedly occasionally went to the defendant’s mother’s vacant house to “be alone” until January 2008.

Within a short time after the allegations were made the girl and her family who alleged the incidents filed a lawsuit against Reynolds. However, on the same day after he was found not guilty, Reynolds and his attorney, Larry Hunter, filed a countersuit.

According to the petition filed with the Orange County district clerk’s office by the girl and her family, they claim “as a result of the sexual assault” she has “suffered severe emotional distress and mental anguish and requires medical and psychological care and treatment.”

The petition also states they are requested the lawsuit to include all present and future medical care costs, lost earnings and damages for physical pain and mental anguish. It also states the petitioner has requested a jury trial.

In an answer of the lawsuit submitted by Hunter, Reynolds denied all the allegations in the petition filed in March 2008 which was before the indictment came out in June 2008.

The countersuit which claimed the girl slandered Reynolds and caused him to suffer was dismissed as well.



Debby Schamber is a reporter for the Orange Leader. She can be reached at 409-883-3571 ext. 2603 or at dschamber@orangeleader.com.

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