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School is a place where kids are supposed to feel safe, but for one special needs student who was sexually assaulted by his teacher at Sam Brannan Middle School, it was more like torture.

“Unfortunately ‘David’ was a victim in all of this… he was groomed and then victimized,” his mother said, speaking out about her son’s ordeal, which started in 2009.  “He should have never met Preston Howard Lewis,” she said.

In 2012, Lewis was sentenced to 14 years in prison for his heinous acts.

Years later, the parents of victim “David” are remembering what happened but also acknowledging a victory in the civil case — a big payout from the Sacramento City Unified School District of $1.2 million.

The lawsuit says that school leaders knew Lewis was a risk to children, and despite claims of abuse they kept him on the job.

The family says the money won’t help their son heal, as the abuse still torments him.