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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

[OH] Sarah Long never let go - and now, finally, it's time for the whining City of Lorain and it's insurer to PAY-UP

...Sarah Long will receive $175,000 under the agreement... Long sued the city in 2005, claiming [Lorain Police] Officer Jesus Sanchez stalked her and accusing the city and police leaders of ignoring her complaints... The city has until May to pay its share of the settlement...

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 LORAIN OKS STALKING SETTLEMENT
Chronicle-Telegram
Filed by Alicia Castelli
April 13th, 2010 in Top Stories.
[Excerpts] LORAIN — City Council approved a settlement Monday night with a woman who accused a city police officer of stalking her in 2001 and 2002 — something Mayor Tony Krasienko called a “business decision.” Sarah Long will receive $175,000 under the agreement reached in January and approved in a 9-1 vote. Councilman Bret Schuster, D-4th Ward, was absent... “I strongly feel the woman was just in it for the money,” [Councilwoman Anne] Molnar said. “I know the officer had done wrong, however … I wanted the city to fight it. We have more cases coming down and we should have set a precedent here and told her no … I didn’t think she was being truthful. I really wanted the city to fight this.” Long sued the city in 2005, claiming Officer Jesus Sanchez stalked her and accusing the city and police leaders of ignoring her complaints. Sanchez, now retired, was convicted in 2008 of stalking Long and spent 60 days in the county jail... The settlement had two parts, said city Law Director Pat Riley. In one part, United National Insurance agreed to pay $100,000 in exchange for the city releasing them from any further claims. In the second part, the city agreed to pay $75,000... Sanchez settled Long’s claims against him years ago in exchange for an affidavit that he filed in the case detailing the alleged sexual antics of various police officers... Krasienko said he wasn’t happy about walking away from a lawsuit he believed the city would win, but added he did “feel good spending $75,000 instead of hundreds of thousands of dollars plus attorney’s fees if we’d continued to fight it and lost. This minimized our exposure. It was a pure business decision”... Sanchez’s attorneys argued during his criminal trial that he was targeted for prosecution for speaking out. Police Chief Cel Rivera did not return a phone call Monday night seeking comment. The city has until May to pay its share of the settlement... [Full article here]

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