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US pays $25,000 to settle lawsuit over body search at border

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DETROIT (AP) -

The U.S. government has agreed to pay $25,000 to a Canadian woman who said she was the victim of an excessive body search by border officers in Detroit.

The civil case went to trial last June, but a jury failed to reach a unanimous verdict. Inside of a second trial, the government and Leslie Ingratta of Windsor, Ontario, settled the case, and a judge closed it last month.

The government says the settlement is not an admission of liability.

Ingratta sued over her treatment at the Detroit-Windsor tunnel in 2011. She says her bare breasts were fondled and her groin was aggressively rubbed outside her clothing by a female officer while another female watched.

At trial, the government said the officers wouldn't risk their careers with such conduct.

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