A woman from Miami has won a $49.3 million judgment against her former high school geometry teacher who raped her her multiple times. The verdict was announced on Tuesday in a Miami-Dade civil court. Bresnniel Jansen Mones, 35, pleaded guilty to three counts of having sex with a minor and two counts of sending lewd texts, according to the Miami Herald.
The victim, now 20, was a 16-year-old sophomore at South Dade Senior High School went the incidents occurred. She is referred to as C.R.R. in court documents. The lawsuit was filed in 2014, and it accused the School Board of neglect after it failed to protect C.R.R. from Mones. According to that lawsuit, Mones had a history of improper behavior that the school should have known about.
C.R.R.’s attorneys John Leighton and Max Panoff released a statement that said, “C.R.R. was not the only student Jansen tried this with. At least one other young student was approached and was engaged in a texting relationship with Jansen attempting to groom and escalate the relationship. The girl’s parents found out, terminated it, and alerted the school. Jansen was the subject of an investigation, which found that he made inappropriate contact with the student. But he was not disciplined.”
According to the lawsuit, Mones sent C.R.R. text messages about sex in 2013. He also sent her photos of his genitals. The suit claims that Mones forced oral sex on C.R.R. in 2013 and had sexual intercourse with her on his desk that same year.
Mones has served six months in prison for the behavior. He was released in June and is now a registered sex offender.
The victim told WSVN, “I feel like I am making a difference. No amount of money would ever change that.“Being young and being put in that position, I felt like I was against a 32-year-old that obviously had more power, and people would believe him over me, and I didn’t stand a chance.”
C.R.R. has a message for people in similar situations.
“"It's crazy to see how often this goes on in the world and even though so many people keep coming out, it's still going on," she told NBC Miami. "Speak out now. It's never too late. Don’t be afraid. There’s people rooting for you."
According to court documents, the damages break as follows: 13,906 for the past medical expenses; $255,000 for her future medical expenses; $4 million for past mental anguish, pain and suffering; $15 million for future mental anguish, pain and suffering; $30 million in punitive damages.
"I was raped by my geometry professor,” the victim told NBC Miami. “I was 16 years old at the time, and he had complete control over me,"
[Photo: Miami-Dade County Sheriff's Department]