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Ramon Cortines, ex-LAUSD chief, settles sexual harassment claim

Ramon Cortines, the former LAUSD superintendent, is seen in this undated file photo.

May 24, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
The Los Angeles Unified School District has settled a sexual harassment claim involving former Superintendent Ramon Cortines.

The school board confirmed Wednesday it will pay former employee Scot Graham a settlement of $200,000, plus lifetime health benefits. Graham alleged that Cortines, 79, made unwanted advances at him during a July 2010 encounter at a Kern County ranch owned by Cortines.

Cortines, who retired from the LAUSD in 2011, maintains the encounter was consensual and that no harassment occurred.

As part of the settlement, Graham will leave his $150,000-a-year job as a senior employee in the facilities division of the school system.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.