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The Associated Press

SPOKANE  — The Washington State Patrol will pay $2.4 million to settle a lawsuit with a Spokane firefighter who was wrongly accused in 2008 of possessing child pornography.

An investigation discovered too late that Todd Chism was a victim of identity theft.

In a statement from the patrol Friday, Risk Manager Donald Sorenson apologized for oversights in the investigation and for damage to Chism’s reputation and distress to his family.

The Spokesman-Review reports Chism still has a separate $10 million lawsuit pending against the Washington State Patrol over an April 2010 altercation with troopers near his home at Nine Mile Falls.