Group wrongfully arrested and humiliated by law enforcement before being cleared by a grand jury

Midland, TX, August 30, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Five educators from Midland Christian School continued the Town of Midlandthe Midland Police and Detective Department Jennie Alonzofollowing the five people’s exoneration for false allegations that they failed to report a sexual assault in January.

The school’s own investigation determined that what happened was nothing more than a rowdy row in the locker room between members of the baseball team. Nearly 90 days later, a Midland County the grand jury investigating the incident declined to indict any of the five plaintiffs in the case. They are:

  • Former Superintendent Jared Lee
  • Former director Dana Ellis
  • Former Deputy Director Matthew counts
  • former athletic director Greg McClendon
  • Former baseball head coach Barry Russell

“This was one of the most egregious cases of irresponsible police action I have seen in decades of practicing law,” the attorney said. rusty hardin. “This detective personally decided that these education professionals were guilty, despite a complete lack of credible evidence and impeccable reputations. She then embarked on a course of action designed to ruin their careers.”

According to the lawsuit, the locker room incident occurred at January 2022, when a sophomore shoved a freshman on the butt—over his clothes—with a bat. By the time the story reached the police department a week and a half later, the details had been embellished to the point where there was an allegation that the freshman had been sexually assaulted.

The lawsuit says that at no time did a school official have reasonable grounds to believe the freshman had been sexually assaulted. The freshman himself has repeatedly denied it was anything more than the fight in the locker room. When questioned, all the students involved gave the same version of the events.

“What happened here is that Midland The police had tunnel vision. They heard a false and unreliable report from a parent based on school gossip and followed it,” Mr Hardin said.

The lawsuit accuses investigators of waging a false, biased and vindictive campaign against the plaintiffs, including arresting the five on school grounds and then “walking” them past news cameras that police arranged to be present.

The filing also accuses Det. Alonzo of swearing on information she knew to be false in an arrest warrant affidavit, the most serious being that the school knew of a sexual assault and did not report it, which n was not true.

The deal is Jared Lee et al. vs. City of Midland et al., No. 7:22-cv-185, in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas.

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