A lawsuit that was filed against Allen County Sheriff, David Gladieux for pushing a 15-year-old boy last summer will now be heard in federal court.
Sheriff Gladieux was charged with a misdemeanor battery charge after an investigation into an altercation involving Gladieux and a teenage boy that took place at the Three Rivers Festival in 2019.
The parents of the 15-year-old filed a tort claim notice in August, asking for $300,000 in damages for medical costs, emotional distress, and other damages, according to court documents. The lawsuit had been pending in Allen Superior Court, but Gladieux’s attorneys filed a notice of removal to U.S. District Court last week. The lawsuit claims that the sheriff violated the teen’s 4th rights under the Fourth Amendment, which protects citizens from unlawful searches and seizures.
Back in September, Gladieux reached a pretrial agreement and was enrolled in the Allen County Prosecutor’s Office Pretrial Diversion Program. With the agreement, Gladieux was required to pay a $334 fee, complete alcohol and anger management programs, and make a public apology.
With the completion of the programs, the battery charge will be dismissed. According to Gladieux’s attorney, as long as the sheriff does not get arrested between now and October 18th, the charges will be dismissed.
No trial dates regards to the matter, have yet been announced.
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