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City refuses to release settlement terms in juvenile-rape case

By The Associated Press
05.05.09

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — The city of Newport News has refused a newspaper's request to release the settlement terms of a lawsuit stemming from the rapes of two boys at the city's Juvenile Detention Center.

The Daily Press reported today that its Freedom of Information request was rejected by the city, which cited a federal judge's order last month sealing the records.

The newspaper said city attorneys sought that order to shield the two juveniles.

The newspaper's practice is to not name sexual assault victims.

The mothers of the two boys had each sought $100 million, accusing officials of neglecting to provide a safe environment. The sexual assaults occurred in 2003 and 2004 at the city's old Juvenile Detention Center.


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