Judge awards $50K over alleged sex assault by police chief
BATON ROUGE - A federal judge has awarded $50,000 in damages to a woman who accused a former Louisiana police chief of sexually assaulting her in his office while she was drunk and he was on duty.
U.S. District Judge Shelly Dick's ruling Monday says the town of Sorrento and its former police chief, Earl Theriot, are both liable for violating the woman's constitutional rights.
Dick ruled in the woman's favor in June at the conclusion of a daylong trial for the woman's civil lawsuit. Dick concluded that the woman was legally incapable of consenting to sex with Theriot given how drunk she was at the time of their Nov. 1, 2013, encounter inside the town's police station.
Dick's order Monday awards the woman $15,000 in compensatory damages and $35,000 in punitive damages.