Maliscious Prosecution Charged in Suit

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A former top investigator in the state Justice and Public Safety Cabinet has sued four current or former state police officers for alleged malicious prosecution.

Steve O'Daniel of Nicholasville was found not guilty last month of a felony forgery charge. O'Daniel's lawsuit was filed in Franklin Circuit Court and claims that Major Mike Sapp, Sergeant. Bobby Motley, Detective Bill Riley and retired Sergeant Gary Martin conspired to prosecute him knowing they had no case. O'Daniel also alleges the four conspired to withhold evidence until they felt compelled to produce it in response to O'Daniel's requests.

O'Daniel said their actions caused him emotional distress, physical pain and discomfort and damage to his reputation. He is seeking compensatory damages, lost wages, damages for impairment of power to earn money and to defend himself, and unspecified punitive damages in a jury trial.

A state police spokesman says Motley and Riley will not comment on pending litigation. Martin said the lawsuit is groundless.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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