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Risque e-mails show personal relationship between Newport-Mesa schools chief and former subordinate, prosecutors contend in financial-improprieties case

January 20, 2011 |  7:39 am

Los Angeles prosecutors on Wednesday introduced e-mails they say showed a relationship between the superintendent of the Newport-Mesa Unified School District and a former subordinate of his when he worked as schools chief in Beverly Hills.

The correspondence, laced with sexual innuendo, pet names and terms of endearment, was sent between Newport-Mesa Supt. Jeffrey Hubbard and Karen Anne Christiansen, a former Beverly Hills Unified administrator. Some of the e-mails were sent while Hubbard still worked in Beverly Hills earlier this decade, but the majority were sent from his Newport-Mesa account.

Hubbard and Christiansen have both been charged with felonies alleging financial improprieties while they worked in Beverly Hills.

Over objections from Hubbard's defense attorney, prosecutors argued that the e-mails, though not direct evidence of any crime, established an unspecified relationship between the two administrators and an alleged motive for Hubbard to do financial favors for Christiansen.

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