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updated: 2/22/2013 4:40 PM

Lawsuit by coach fired for sex book dismissed

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A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a former South suburban high school guidance counselor and girls basketball coach who was fired after writing a racy book.

Bryan Craig was fired by the Rich Township High School District 227 on Sept. 18 for writing the self-published book that includes graphic sexual content.

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Craig claimed his free speech rights were violated and was seeking $1 million. U.S. District Judge Elaine Bucklo this week threw out the lawsuit, saying Craig's book was "little more than a lurid account of his own sexual preferences and exploits."

The Chicago Sun-Times reported Bucklo also said Craig failed to prove his book was "a matter of public concern."

Craig on Thursday told the Sun-Times he was disappointed by the ruling and will appeal.

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