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Former superintendent receives $275,000 from settlement

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A former local superintendent has been paid $275,000 after he was falsely accused of having pornography on his computer.

The payment was part of a settlement of a lawsuit against Clio Area Schools.

James Tenbusch filed the lawsuit against the district after he was fired and accused of having porn on his computer.

The former Clio superintendent was fired in 2015 after the school allegedly found porn on his work devices.

He also sued the district in 2014 after he was suspended and demoted from his job as superintendent.

The district has had James Tenbusch in their cross hairs since September 2013, and demoted him in 2014 for what they called countless irregularities.

In 2015 the board fired him altogether on more serious allegations.

At a board meeting in 2015 officials said an outside investigator found pornography on three work issued devices.

The former Clio school's administrator filed a lawsuit against the district claiming he was fired for being a whistle-blower, in other words exposing wrongdoing.

In response to the allegations he had pornography on a work issued device, Tenbusch said he did not have access to those devices.

Tenbusch's IT director, Bruce Richards, was also fired for refusing to put spyware on computers of suspecting administrators, according to the defense attorney in the lawsuit.

Richards also received a $25,000 settlement.

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