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Embattled Spokane mayor violated law, report says

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A private investigator hired by the City Council says Mayor Jim West, who is facing a recall election over a sex scandal, violated the city's Internet policy and state law.

In an 18-page report released late Friday, Mark Busto concluded the mayor broke state law by offering a position on the city's Human Rights Commission to a young man he pursued for a sexual relationship.

Busto also concluded West violated the city's personnel policy on Internet access by "frequent and extensive use" of his city computer during the work day to browse pictures of men posted at a gay Web site, The Spokesman-Review reported.

"I find that Mayor West has engaged in a pattern and practice of linking discussions of sex with young men online with offers of city positions, both paid and unpaid," Busto said in his report.