WA State Patrol settles with Spokane firefighter



SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The Washington State Patrol has settled a lawsuit with a Spokane firefighter for (hash)2.4 million.

The Spokesman Review (http://is.gd/Ysz5X6 ) reports the case stems from a botched search for child pornography in the home of firefighter Lt. Todd Chism in 2008.

Chism and his attorney had filed a $10 million suit against the State Patrol, which arrested Chism on the charge of child pornography possession. However, the investigation soon found the pornography was purchased with Chism’s wife’s stolen bank card and the Chisms had done nothing wrong.

Chism says he decided to settle to put an end to his family’s strife.

WSP spokesman Dan Coon says his agency accepted the settlement and acknowledged that WSP investigators made mistakes.


Information from: The Spokesman-Review, http://www.spokesman.com