PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) – A New Jersey community college has dropped plans to seek to fire a professor and union chief accused of tampering with his granddaughter’s grades.

Bergen Community College’s board of trustees approved a deal that allows 70-year-old Peter Helff to take a yearlong paid sabbatical of more than $133,000 before he retires at the end of 2013.

Under terms of the settlement, the college agreed the charges against Helff were “disputed, inconclusive and denied.”

Board attorney John Schepisi told The Record it would have cost more to litigate than settle.

Neither Helff nor his attorney returned the newspaper’s calls for comment.

He was suspended in May following a five-month investigation that found a “flagrant violation” of policies and procedures for the benefit of Helff’s granddaughter.

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