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EX-STUDENT SETTLES BRADFORD ABUSE SUIT

The fourth federal lawsuit by a former Bradford High School student claiming sexual misconduct by a band director has been settled out of court.

The terms of the settlement of the suit by former band student Judy Grove Sowers against the Bradford Area School District and three administrators are being withheld pending formal filing of the action in U.S. District Court in Erie.

The School District has paid more than $1 million to three other students who claimed they were sexually harassed and molested by Edward Wright, the former band director. Ms. Sowers, a 1980 graduate, claimed school officials violated her civil rights by intimidating and threatening her when she tried to report Wright's abusive behavior.

The suit named Dr. Fred Smith, Bradford High School principal; Assistant Principal Richard Miller, and Fred Shuey, former superintendent of schools.

Wright resigned March 14, 1986, after criminal charges were filed against him as a part of the first three actions. He was convicted Aug. 20, 1986, on two counts of corrupting minors, four counts of indecent assault and three counts of indecent exposure. Wright was placed on probation for three years and told to stay away from minors.

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