County settles lawsuit over deputies leaving teen for $3.5M

SEATTLE (AP) — King County has agreed to pay $3.5 million to settle the lawsuit of a 45-year-old woman who says when she was a runaway decades ago, sheriff’s deputies left her at a massage business where she was forced into prostitution. The Seattle Times reports under the settlement terms, the woman who asked to be identified by her initials, M.T., has agreed to drop her case and any other potential claims against the county and its employees, while the county admitted no wrongdoing. Her attorney, Lincoln Beauregard, says decades-old police reports written by an undercover detective as part of a prostitution sting operation were key in corroborating the woman’s claims and led to the favorable settlement.