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Youth basketball referee seeks $30,000 settlement for assault in Baltimore

Baltimore's spending panel is expected to approve a $30,000 settlement for a referee who says he was assaulted during a city-sponsored youth basketball game.

Richard Hitchens claims the city Department of Recreation and Parks and St. Frances Academy failed to provide adequate security at the 2015 game, hosted at the Catholic school. The Board of Estimates in August considered a $200,000 agreement between the city and St. Frances that allowed the parties to enter a joint defense contract.

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According to the board agenda, Hitchens was refereeing at about 8:45 p.m. on March 27 when he was assaulted by one of the team's coaches and spectators.

Hitchens' injuries required surgery and medical and dental care to correct. The agenda says the action is necessary for "complete settlement of the case, including attorney's fees."

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No money transferred hands as a result of the August action, officials said.

The referee had a broken jaw, cuts to his head and face and severe bruising on his back.

Hitches sought $250,000.

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