Former LAPD official accused of molestation retires with benefits

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March 23 2004 12:00 AM ET

Under a settlement announced Friday, the Los Angeles Police Department will pay the legal fees and pension of a suspended deputy police chief accused of molesting Explorer Scouts in the 1970s, officials said. David Kalish, who was not charged with molesting two teen scouts, filed a lawsuit against the Los Angeles Police Department, alleging it defamed him, illegally searched his home, and violated his privacy rights.

Kalish still faces several civil lawsuits filed by the alleged victims. Under the settlement, Kalish will retire with a full pension of nearly $10,000 a month and be able to carry a concealed weapon and his police identification card, the Los Angeles Times reported. His retirement was effective March 3.

Kalish said he was pleased with the settlement but declined to disclose details. He was not charged with molesting the teens because of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down California's law allowing prosecution in such cases, the district attorney's office said. Prosecutors said in a memo that while they have sufficient evidence to charge Kalish for the alleged incidents, they are "precluded" from doing so by the court ruling. Kalish was placed on paid leave and relieved of his police powers in March 2003 after allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced.

Todd Walburg, an attorney for one of the alleged victims, said he was disappointed with the settlement.

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