McMINNVILLE, Ore. (AP) - Two 13-year-old boys accused of slapping girls' bottoms and poking or cupping girls' breasts at school apologized on Monday as a judge dismissed charges against the two, ending a six-month case that drew national attention.
Four girls listed as victims by the prosecutors had asked the judge to drop the charges against Cory Mashburn and Ryan Cornelison.
Yamhill County Judge John Collins did so on Monday, saying it was in the "interest of justice."
And just to show how saavy these girls are, they headed off any future civil litigation with a fat settlement. New IPOD's and designer handbags for everyone!:
The News-Register newspaper of McMinnville reported that a "civil compromise" eached by prosecutors and the defense called for both boys to apologize, to pay each of the four girls $250 and to complete a "boundaries education" program.
What wasn't disclosed was whether the boys' paper-route wages would have to be garnished to pay the settlement.
Meanwhile there are no reports on the whereabouts of prosecutor Bradley Berry's brain. There is little hope for its recovery.