Court Dismisses Former Hobbs Principal's Appeal

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) - A former Hobbs assistant junior high principal has lost an appeal of his lawsuit against the school board and others.

David Castillo sued after he wasn't offered a contract for the 2004-2005 school year.  He alleges the action came after his estranged wife turned over a tape of that the court describes as a graphically sexual telephone conversation between him and a secretary.

A three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal affirmed verdicts against Castillo.  The 10th Circuit panel says he failed to show statements about him were made in the course of ending his employment and foreclosing other job opportunities.

The court notes he was offered a teaching job with the Hobbs schools and initially accepted it.  He later took a job elsewhere instead.