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Saturday, January 03, 2004

Payback - Literally, for Sexual Harassment Claim

A nice way to end the year. On Christmas Eve a journalist spotted Lee County (FL) Property Appraiser with his former deputy, which would not necessarily have been big news except that she had resigned in March of 2002 and later claimed he had used his position to force a sexual relationship with her. A settlement was reached of her claim, which included $10,000 for her mental anguish. The happy ending however came in the form of a reimbursement to the taxpayers of $36,200 in the form of checks from the two. Along with a request for the press to respect their private life. The Southwest Florida paper, the News-Press has all the details, but the Daily Hampshire Gazette has the better headline -- An affair to reimburse.

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