CANTON, Ohio (AP) — A northeast Ohio township is asking a court to dismiss a township police officer’s lawsuit accusing the popular former police chief of sexual harassment, battery and discrimination against her and alleging negligent supervision by local officials.
Brimfield Township, near Kent, denies negligence and says the claims are barred for several reasons.
The township was named a defendant in Officer Crystal Casterline’s updated complaint filed in Stark County. The lawsuit accuses former chief David Oliver of violating her rights with unwanted touching and sexual and derogatory comments. It also says Oliver struck her in the throat and thigh.
Oliver denied the allegations. His resignation earlier this year disappointed fans of his blunt, humorous commentary that made the small department’s Facebook page among the most-liked local law enforcement pages in the country.
Here is what Oliver had to say about the suit shortly after it was filed: