Oregon settles panty thief lawsuit

Oregon settles panty thief lawsuit

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The state has agreed to pay $331,000 to settle a lawsuit over a police search of the family home of a young man convicted of stealing thousands of pairs of women's underwear from college campuses.

At the time, Sung Koo Kim was considered a suspect in the 2004 abduction of Brooke Wilberger from a Corvallis apartment complex.

But there was no evidence connecting Kim to the Wilberger disappearance and another man, Joel Courtney, eventually was indicted for aggravated murder in her death.

Kim's mother, Dong, said the violent search traumatized her family. She also criticized police for portraying her son as a monster when it was clear he was suffering from mental illness and had nothing to do with the Wilberger case.

An Oregon Department of Justice spokesman said the state decided to settle the case partly because of possible technical errors in the search warrant.
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