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Lawsuit: Ala teen used as rape bait in school sex sting

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The Justice Department is asking that a lawsuit be revived that says Alabama school district officials are responsible for a sexual attack on a 14-year-old girl a teacher’s aide used as bait for 16-year-old with a history of sexual harassment.

The lawsuit says the aide asked the girl to go into a middle school bathroom so the boy could be caught trying to have sex with her and disciplined.

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Evidence shows she was raped before school officials could get into the bathroom.

Exactly why the plan was carried out and who knew about it are at the heart of a court fight pitting the Obama administration and groups that advocate against sexual violence versus a north Alabama school district that says its administrators aren’t to blame for the 2010 attack.