BILLINGS - The Billings school district is seeking confidential court records to help it decide how to respond to a $750,000 claim filed after a student who had sex with a teacher committed suicide.

The claim was filed in August 2010 by the family of Cherice Moralez, a Billings Senior High student who committed suicide in February 2010, less than 18 months after Stacey Dean Rambold was charged with raping her.

Moralez's mother, Auliea Hanlon, alleges the district was negligent in its supervision of Rambold.

The Billings Gazette reported Thursday that school attorney Geoffrey Keller and Hanlon's attorney, Shane Colton, told District Judge Susan Watters last month that the district needs the confidential police and prosecution records in order to evaluate Hanlon's claim. Watters has not ruled on the request.


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