Rio Arriba County has agreed to pay “a substantial amount of money” to a special-education student with a developmental delay who was tased by a sheriff’s deputy at Española Valley High School in May.

How much the county paid the boy, now 16, was unclear Monday because state District Judge Francis Mathew ordered the parties not to discuss the amount at a settlement approval hearing Monday.

The boy’s attorney, Shannon Kennedy, had asked the judge to close the hearing to the media, arguing the boy’s privacy interests “far outweigh” the right of the public to know the amount of the settlement.



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