Inmate’s “Peeping” Lawsuit Against County Dismissed
By Mike Perleberg
(Dearborn County, Ind.) – A judge has dismissed a convicted drug dealer’s lawsuit claiming she was observed by men while using a Dearborn County Law Enforcement Center bathroom.
Violet E. Tunstall, of Madison filed a claim against Dearborn County Sheriff Mike Kreinhop and the Dearborn County Board of Commissioners was filed on March 22, 2017. She was seeking a judgement of $6,000.
In her complaint, Tunstall said she was using a holding cell bathroom at the county jail when she was alerted to men who were watching, and claimed to see several men looking through a glass panel. She wrote that she “was violated by voyeurism, embarrassment, and emotional harm and damage from that time through the present.”
Kreinhop and the Dearborn County Commissioners denied the allegations immediately. Their denial was affirmed Wednesday when the county learned Tunstall’s case in Dearborn Superior Court has been dismissed with prejudice, meaning that it cannot be refiled by the plaintiff.
“On behalf of the Dearborn County Commissioners, I would like to extend our thanks to Frederick A. Roetter for his representation in this matter,” Dearborn County Commissioner Shane McHenry said in a statement. “In addition, I would like to thank Sheriff Mike Kreinhop, Jack Prarat, Karen Crosby, and Sue Hayden for their assistance with this case. From the beginning, our position has been that the claims made by the Plaintiff were frivolous and untrue. This outcome has affirmed our position and we are very happy to have the matter resolved.”
No payment was made to Tunstall, McHenry added.
At the time of the alleged jail incident, Tunstall was serving time for a probation violation relating to a 2004 conviction for Dealing in Cocaine or a Narcotic Drug (class B felony).