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$110,000 Award for Florida Man Falsely Arrested for Child Molestation

A Florida jury awarded a man $10,000 for being falsely arrested on a child molestation charge. Following the verdict, the trial court awarded the man an additional $100,000.

The plaintiff lived next to a 5-year-old girl. In 2005, the girl was playing with the plaintiff’s daughters. The child said the plaintiff inappropriately touched her, but she denied the incident before making that claim. There was no physical evidence of the alleged sexual assault.

Based upon her statement, the plaintiff was arrested and spent a day in jail. The charges were later dropped after the girl recanted the claim. Embarrassment and mistreatment from neighbors caused the plaintiff to move. The plaintiff argued there was no reasonable basis for his arrest, but the defendant argued the girl’s statement, facts, and circumstances created probable cause for the arrest.

On September 24, 2008, the jury found for the plaintiff. He was represented by attorney Roger C. Young. See: Plaintiff v. City of North Port, Circuit Court of Sarasota County, Florida, Case No: 2006 CA 10128.

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