- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 24, 2015

SPARKS, Nev. (AP) - The Sparks City Council has agreed to pay $219,000 to settle a wrongful termination suit with a Sparks police officer who was fired for sharing explicit photos and texts while on duty.

The council voted Monday to approve the settlement with former Officer Mark Scott.

Sparks City Attorney Chet Adams told the Reno Gazette-Journal (https://tinyurl.com/ptr3hrm)) the arbitrator in the case determined Scott’s termination was not justified because the city never fully expressed he was not supposed to share the messages.

The photos and texts pertained to a private citizen, not someone under Scott’s authority as a police officer.

Sparks Mayor Geno Martini says it is unfortunate, but it makes more sense financially to settle the dispute than to continue fighting the case in court.

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Information from: Reno Gazette-Journal, https://www.rgj.com

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