A Florida woman has been awarded more than $49 million after being raped repeatedly by her high school geometry teacher.
The incidents occurred in 2013. Bresnniel Jansen Mones, 35, began a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old South Dade High School student leading to "a semester's worth of abuse," WTVJ reported.
"I was 16 years old at the time, and he had complete control over me," the victim, who is now 20, told WTVJ. "I try not thinking about it and I don't speak of it unless I have to face a certain situation. But other than that I try and go about my normal day."
Mones was taken into custody in January 2014. He was charged with two counts of sexual act with a familial child and one count of electronic transmission harmful to minors. According to Miami's Leighton Law firm, the sexual abuse intensified leading up to the arrest, as Mones reportedly raped the victim several times on his desk during school hours.
Mones confessed his guilt to police after they read him his Miranda rights, according to court records. He pleaded guilty to the charges and was sentenced to six months in prison and 10 years probation. The teacher is now registered as a sex offender.
Mones was ordered to pay $13,906 for the victim's past medical expenses, $255,000 for her future medical expenses, $4 million for past mental anguish, pain and suffering, and $15 million for future mental anguish, pain and suffering, the Miami Herald reported. The law firm settled separately with the school district for an undisclosed amount.
The bombshell settlement agreement comes in the wake of several women coming forward accusing men in politics and Hollywood of sexual harassment and abuse.
"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," said the victim, who was also awarded $30 million in punitive damages. "Speak out now. It's never too late. Don't be afraid. There's people rooting for you."
Prosecutors said this isn't the first time Mones has attempted to court a student.
"At least one other young student was approached and was engaged in a texting relationship with (Mones) attempting to groom and escalate the relationship," the lawyers stated in an affidavit. "The girl's parents found out, terminated it, and alerted the school. (Mones) was the subject of an investigation, which found that he made inappropriate contact with the student. But he was not disciplined."