The city of Tualatin and the Boy Scouts reach a settlement in a potential lawsuit

TUALATIN - According to Tualatin City Attorney Brenda Braden, a recent claim settlement of $75,000 will release the city from any future claims related to alleged sexual misconduct between three former Tualatin police officers and a former teenage police Explorer.

'This is all that there is,' Braden said. 'It makes the case go away.'

The alleged incidents that rocked the city and the Police Department came out in the summer of 2005. Three Tualatin police officers and an Oregon State Police trooper were under a criminal investigation for abuse stemming from alleged misconduct with a teenage female participant in the police Explorer program.

All four officers resigned from their positions and gave up their law enforcement certifications. No charges were ever filed. The district attorney's office in Washington County declined to prosecute, and the alleged victim refused to cooperate in the case.

In the settlement, the city and the Boy Scouts do not admit to any wrongdoing. The Tualatin City Council approved the settlement Monday night.

The city will pay $28,750, and its insurer will match that amount in the settlement. The Boy Scouts are expected to pay $17,500.

'It seemed important to all parties to resolve the matter,' Braden said of the claim settlement.

In October of 2005, the city received a letter from the girl's attorney stating that she was willing to settle her claims against the city's Police Department without litigation for $1 million. A similar letter was sent to the Boy Scouts and to the state of Oregon.

The recent settlement, however, does not include the state.

The girl's attorney, Dennis Steinman, said he could not discuss where settlement agreements were with the state of Oregon. However, he said that his client, who is now an adult, is looking forward to getting on with her life. He called the recent settlement 'the first step in moving past' the incidents in the Explorer program.

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