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Ex-principal files claim on overturned conviction

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - A former Tacoma middle school principal whose rape conviction was overturned has filed a $15 million claim against Pierce County.

Harold Wright Jr. contends in the claim filed this week that he was wrongfully prosecuted, and that his reputation, health and career have been damaged. The 38-year-old Wright was principal of Baker Middle School before his 2007 conviction on third-degree rape.

Prosecutors alleged that Wright and another man raped a 19-year-old woman that Wright had known when he was an assistant principal at a high school. The state Court of Appeals overturned that conviction, but the county has appealed to the state Supreme Court. County spokesman Hunter George says it will have no comment on Wright's claim.

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