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Casper College has reached a settlement with a former instructor who sued the school for racial discrimination, according to a federal court database.

An attorney representing Abe Steward, who worked at the school for nearly three decades, gave verbal notice Thursday to the U.S. District Court for Wyoming that the case had been settled, the database shows.

Terms of the settlement were not included in the notice. Steward's attorney, John Robinson, declined comment Friday.

An attorney for the college did not respond to a message left on his cell phone. College Relations Director Rich Fujita said he could not comment based on the terms of the settlement.

Steward sued the school last year, alleging his 2008 trespassing arrest while at the college resulted from misinformation given to police by campus security. Earlier this year, Steward, who is black, also accused the college of racial discrimination that dated back 20 years and culminated with his arrest.

In court documents, Steward accused college President Walter Nolte of asking an administrator to review Steward's personnel file for reasons that might justify his firing. The former teacher and coach claims no white instructors were subject to such a review.

Attorneys for the school have consistently denied Steward's allegations and insist his own actions led to the arrest. The college admitted Nolte asked an official to examine Steward's personnel file, but denied Steward was the only employee subject to such a review.

College attorneys also maintain racial prejudice had nothing to do with the arrest.

Steward was jailed on July 21, 2008 after he showed up at the school to turn in grades for a summer golf class.

The school contends Steward failed to comply with a notice to move out of his office that was posted on his door nearly two weeks before the incident. It also claims Steward ignored requests to leave and was not a college employee when he was arrested.

Steward maintains the school had given him until Aug. 4 of that year to move out of his office. He insists he was still employed by the college at the time of his arrest, having agreed to push back his retirement to teach the golf class.

One day after the incident, the school asked for the charges to be dropped.

Reach reporter Joshua Wolfson at (307) 266-0582 or at josh.wolfson@trib.com. Visit tribtown.trib.com/JoshuaWolfson/blog to read his blog. Follow him on Twitter @joshwolfson

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