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Ex-teacher sues Hammond school district over firing

– A former teacher and boys’ basketball coach at a northwest Indiana high school acquitted of child seduction charges in June has filed a lawsuit against the school district, alleging he was improperly fired.

Benjamin Chinn filed his lawsuit Thursday in U.S. District Court in Hammond, The Post-Tribune of Merrillville reported.

Chinn, 27, was fired from Morton High School last year after a former student, 17, accused him of kissing her and engaging in sexual activities in his classroom and office.

Chinn contends that the district notified him he was suspended without pay but never informed him he had the right to a hearing.

Chinn also contends the school board sent a notice of a vote about whether to renew his contract to an address where it knew he no longer lived.