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Idaho settles lawsuit involving allegations of coerced sex

Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho officials have paid $24,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by an eastern Idaho woman who said an Idaho State Police detective investigating her as part of a federal drug case coerced her into having sex. The Idaho Statesman reports ( that the Idaho Office of Risk Management settled the case on Monday. The U.S. Attorney's Office dismissed drug charges against the woman and four other defendants following the allegations against former ISP detective Ryan Blackhawk. When the lawsuit was filed in August 2015, Blackhawk had already been fired from his job following an Idaho State Police internal investigation. ISP officials say no other ISP employees violated procedures.

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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