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Judge finds police chief violated woman's rights in sexual assault lawsuit

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BATON ROUGE - A federal judge has ruled that a former Louisiana police chief violated the civil rights of a woman who accused the man of sexually assaulting her in his office while she was drunk and he was on duty.
U.S. District Judge Shelly Dick didn't immediately rule Monday on whether former Sorrento Police Chief Earl Theriot owes the woman any monetary damages for her claims. Dick also put off a ruling on whether Sorrento is liable for her claims against the town.
However the judge said the woman was legally incapable of consenting to sex due to her drunken state and that Theriot "knew or should have known" of her inability to consent. She also found that Theriot failed his obligation to "serve and protect."
Dick presided over a daylong trial and decided the case without a jury.


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