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Posted at 01:41 PM ET, 05/23/2011

Lanigan update: Readers send thousands to defense fund

Fairfax County schoolteacher Sean Lanigan had an eventful week after The Post published an article and blog post outlining his ordeal in being arrested, jailed and acquitted of child molestation. Most notably, some neighbors established a Sean Lanigan Defense Fund, because he is still fighting to recoup his $125,000 in legal fees, and readers responded with ”thousands of dollars” in donations, neighbor Beth Tweddle said. Lanigan declined to comment while his lawyer tries to resolve the case with the Fairfax school district.

In addition, readers e-mailed Lanigan offering to do a documentary film on him, do his taxes for him, and give him a car.

On Monday, Lanigan did an online chat. When he went home, a crew from NBC’s Today show was waiting to interview him. Then, NBC flew Lanigan and his family to New York, and he appeared with Meredith Vieira on the Today show on Tuesday.

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Also on Tuesday, the Fairfax school district released a statement defending its actions in the case. They also asked Lanigan to sign a release so they could disclose personnel matters in his past. Lanigan explained each of the personnel matters, but only off the record, and declined to sign the release on his lawyer’s advice.

On Wednesday, Lanigan was named the Concorde District’s soccer coach of the year, for guiding Herndon High School to an undefeated regular season and the number one ranking in The Post’s soccer poll.

On Thursday, Fairfax police Chief David Rohrer issued a statement defending his detectives’ handling of the case.

Also on Wednesday and Thursday, former White House special counsel Lanny Davis published articles on both Huffington Post and Fox News.com, and then discussed the case on WMAL radio, criticizing Fairfax’s handling of it.

On Saturday, Lanigan was named the Northern Region’s soccer coach of the year.

The address for those who wish to donate to the Sean Lanigan Defense Fund is:

14001-C St. Germain Dr. #639

Centreville, VA 20121

By  |  01:41 PM ET, 05/23/2011

Categories:  Fairfax County, Centreville, Schools | Tags:  Sean Lanigan, Virginia

 
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