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School district settles special education suit

The Eugene School District has settled a lawsuit alleging that it provided substandard service to special education students and retaliated against former school psychologist Carla Sweet, who leveled the charges in a federal lawsuit filed in 2001.

The district denies all of Sweet's allegations, but agreed to pay her $25,000 rather than go into a trial that was scheduled this week. The settlement was the maximum the insurance company would pay to settle the case and it covered all but $5,000 of the cost, district spokesman Kelly McIver said.

Court records show that Sweet filed a nearly identical lawsuit against the Tigard-Tualatin School District and others in January 2001. That lawsuit was dismissed 18 months ago and a judge ordered Sweet to pay $1,800 in legal fees to lawyers for the Tigard defendants. Sweet is appealing the dismissal.

Sweet worked in the Eugene district from 1997 through September 2000.

Woman reports

attempted rape

Eugene Police were investigating a report of an attempted rape in west Eugene on Wednesday night, Lt. Kel Williams said.

A woman was walking near Barger Drive in the area of the "states streets," east of Green Hill Road, about 8 p.m. when she was attacked by an unidentified man, Williams said. The woman was not injured. It was not known late Wednesday how she was able to escape her assailant.

Police went to the scene but were unable to immediately find the man, Williams said. An investigation was under way.

No other details of the crime were available.

Oakridge man arrested

on sex abuse charges

OAKRIDGE - Police arrested an Oakridge man Wednesday on sex abuse charges.

Oakridge police took Greg E. Stine, 43, into custody at the Oakridge Police Department without incident and later took him to the Lane County Jail. They charged him with first-degree sex abuse, a Measure 11 felony, and third-degree sex abuse.

The 17-year-old victim told police the abuse had been going on for more than five years. Police have been investigating the case since early October.
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Title Annotation:General News; METRO
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Oct 21, 2004
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