Former Newark Valley teacher awarded $3.5 million for false firing

By Brandi Bailey

Former Newark Valley teacher awarded $3.5 million for false firing

September 19, 2013 Updated Sep 19, 2013 at 3:21 PM EST

(WBNG Binghamton) A Supreme Court jury awards $ 3.5 million to a former teacher at Newark Valley.

Lyndsey Wilcox was fired from her job as a physical education teacher in 2008.

Her former boyfriend, Todd Broxmeyer of Lisle, was convicted of charges relating to child pornography.

Broxmeyer coached independent girl field hockey teams.

Wilcox's attorney, Ron Benjamin said the district released a false statement saying she agreed to be terminated and claimed she was aware of Broxmeyer's conduct. Wilcox says both statements are false.

She sued for being wrongfully accused and improperly fired.

"She's been out of work six years. This is the first time she's been given a forum to tell her side and her side was correct. I think the jury correctly awarded her compensation that was reasonable. It could have been higher," Benjamin said.

Action News also reached out to Newark Valley for a statement.

Superintendent Ryan Dougherty says, "the district is obviously disappointed with the verdict. We are in consultation with our attorneys to discuss the possibility of an appeal."

The district will have 30 days to file an appeal.

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