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Nov 11, 2013 6:46 PM by Matthew Schwartz

News 4 Investigators: Assault charge against principal dropped

TUCSON - A major development in the assault case involving a former Tucson school principal: The misdemeanor assault charge against Dr. Chris Bonn has been dropped.

Sixteen year-old Ramon Morales, Jr. was allegedly beaten up in September by Bonn, who was then principal at Sahuaro High School.

The News 4 Investigators have learned that Bonn paid the Morales family an undisclosed amount of money.

The Morales' family attorney, Jesse Smith, confirmed the dismissal but had no other comment. Bonn's lawyer, Brad Roach, did not return our repeated phone calls.

As the News 4 Tucson Investigators reported two weeks ago, Bonn was transferred in October from Sahuaro High School to an administrative job in TUSD headquarters. He works as a special projects administrator in the Exceptional Learning Department. His salary is the same as when he was principal, nearly $91,000 a year.

Morales, Jr. was dating Bonn's 17-year old stepdaughter, and Bonn reportedly didn't like Morales. On Sept. 2, Morales got Bonn's stepdaughter home at 4:30 a.m. Bonn went outside and punched Morales several times as Morales sat in his car. Bonn admittted to punching Morales, but told cops he thought Morales was reaching for a gun. Morales ended up bloodied and in the emergency room.

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