Providence reaches tentative deal over girl assaulted after release to unauthorized adult

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PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island — The city of Providence has reached a tentative settlement with the family of an elementary school girl who was released to someone who sexually assaulted her.

A city council committee voted to approve the settlement on Monday.

Councilman Nick Narducci told WPRI-TV the agreement amounts to "hundreds of thousands of dollars" and will help the city avoid a lawsuit that could cost more than $1 million.

The Asa Messer Elementary School student was released to a relative who was not authorized to pick her up.

The school department says the agreement is not yet final and could change.

The school secretary who released the girl was fired, but an arbitrator recently ordered her reinstated. The school department is fighting that decision.

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