North Georgia sheriff says staff acted properly

Teacher aquitted of molestation files federal suit against police

RINGGOLD, Ga. - The sheriff of Catoosa County says he will defend his detectives and himself vigorously against a lawsuit by a former kindergarten teacher acquitted of charges she molested three young girls.

The federal lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Rome by lawyers for 37-year-old Tonya Craft of Soddy-Daisy, Tenn., says she lost her career, her home and custody of her daughter because of the conduct of those involved in the case.

The 19 defendants in the lawsuit include the Catoosa County sheriff's department, the child advocacy centers, parents of Craft's accusers, social workers and a child therapist.

Sheriff Phil Summers says he feels confident that he and his department will be vindicated by the court.

Most of the defendants could not be reached for comment.

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