Sex Crimes

Los Angeles schools criticized for legal tactic to blame 14-year-old girl for sex with teacher

This undated photo provided by the California Department of Correction shows Los Angeles school district teacher Elkis Hermida, who was sentenced in 2011 to three years in prison for lewd acts against a child. The Los Angeles school district has come under criticism for successfully defending a sexual abuse lawsuit by saying a 14-year-old girl willingly had sex with Hermida, her middle school math teacher. The girl is appealing the case because the judge allowed evidence of her sexual history to be presented and because the district's lawyer blamed her for willingly meeting the teacher at a motel for sex. (AP Photo/California Department of Correction)

This undated photo provided by the California Department of Correction shows Los Angeles school district teacher Elkis Hermida, who was sentenced in 2011 to three years in prison for lewd acts against a child. The Los Angeles school district has come under criticism for successfully defending a sexual abuse lawsuit by saying a 14-year-old girl willingly had sex with Hermida, her middle school math teacher. The girl is appealing the case because the judge allowed evidence of her sexual history to be presented and because the district's lawyer blamed her for willingly meeting the teacher at a motel for sex. (AP Photo/California Department of Correction)  (The Associated Press)

The Los Angeles school district is coming under criticism for successfully defending a sexual abuse lawsuit by saying a 14-year-old girl willingly had sex with her teacher.

The teacher in the case was sentenced to prison on criminal charges, but the district was cleared last year of wrongdoing by a civil jury.

KPCC reported Thursday that the girl is appealing the case, in part because the district's lawyer blamed her for willingly meeting the teacher at a motel to have sex.

Jurors found that the district had no knowledge of the relationship and wasn't responsible.

Advocates for sexual abuse victims say the legal tactic was disgusting and horrific.

Legal experts say the verdict raises questions about a conflict between California criminal and civil law when it comes to sexual consent.