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Update: Lawsuit Against Cook County Schools Settled and Dismissed

Nov 12, 2018 08:07AM ● By Editor

By Taylor Holt of WDIO-TV - November 12, 2018

GRAND MARAIS, Minn. - A federal lawsuit against the Cook County School District has been "settled and dismissed," according to public court documents. 

A Grand Marais high school student had filed a federal civil lawsuit against the district, alleging he was unfairly suspended after he was accused of sexual misconduct by several female students.

A document filed Friday says all of the anonymous plaintiff's claims "have been fully compromised and settled." The conditions of the settlement are not disclosed in the court filing. 

According to several letters included as part of the lawsuit, the district began an investigation in mid-October this year and concluded the male student allegedly did force a female student to have sex with him against her will, and allegedly forced more than one female student to perform sex acts, and other unwelcome acts - all off of school grounds.

Cook County Sheriff Pat Eliasen said in an email to WDIO-News Friday, that he could not say much because they don't release details of ongoing investigations. He did say, "There is an open investigation involving criminal sexual conduct and the suspect is a juvenile. He added that, "ISD 166 has initiated their own investigation into the matter." The sheriff did not say if the case is related to the one in the lawsuit.

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