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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - A Montgomery Public School District Assistant Superintendent is soon to be unemployed after the board, in a 4-2 decision, voted to terminate him and he opted to settle the terms of his employment.

After a two-day hearing that ended this afternoon, Lewis Washington is no longer an employee of the Montgomery Public School District.

In a letter drafted in September, MPS Superintendent  Barbara Thompson recommended Washington for termination on allegations of sexual harassment and ethics violations.

In the letter Thompson names these terms for Washington's dismissal:

1. During the 2011-2012 school year, you were accused of sexually harassing a co-worker. That co-worker ultimately resigned her position and filed an EEOC charge against the district related to your conduct.

2. You sent text messages to the co-worker which read "I love u," "Want you," that you were "Home. Wanting.", "I think you miss me W," and others. You provided false information during the course of the sexual harassment investigation; specifically that you had never sent the co-worker "romantic" text messages or asked her to engage in a romantic or sexual relationship.

3. In 2011 and 2012, you solicited principals you supervise to hire your son to do restriping work for the district in violation of Board Policy and/or state law.

4. These and other allegations have hurt your ability to be an effective supervisor for this district.

Washington was originally offered a settlement by MPS. Board members then voted to terminate Washington's employment. Washington ultimately opted to settle the terms of his employment.

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