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Feb 17, 2013 12:03 AM by ASSOCIATED PRESS

Harassment suit against ex-LAUSD head dismissed

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Unified School District says a judge has dismissed a sexual harassment suit against former Superintendent Ramon Cortines.

District spokesman Sean Rossall tells the Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/12UNZ1Z ) on Saturday that a judge dismissed the lawsuit brought by district real estate manager Scot Graham because it was filed too late. The judge did not rule on the merits of the lawsuit.

The suit stems from a 2010 sexual encounter at Cortines' Kern County ranch.

The 80-year-old Cortines, who retired in 2011, admitted to the meeting with the married Graham. He said he showed bad judgment but it was consensual.

Neither the Times nor The Associated Press could reach Graham for comment, but he said last month the established facts of the case "should be sickening to the community."

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