Counselor sues Gary over arrest at school
By Teresa Auch Schultz firstname.lastname@example.org January 23, 2013 5:26PM
Updated: February 26, 2013 6:24AM
A family counselor is suing the Gary Community School Corp. and the city in connection with her arrest in 2011 on what she calls false charges.
According to the lawsuit, filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court in Hammond, Dara Grimes was at Lew Wallace STEM Academy on Jan. 21, 2011, to meet with a student she was working with as part of her job with Indiana Juvenile Justice Task Force Inc.
She was told by the student’s probation officer that the student would be arrested after the meeting, although the probation officer did not know why.
When the meeting ended, Gary Police Cpl. David Goshay told her he was arresting the student on an active warrant stemming from October 2010.
Grimes says in the lawsuit that she told Goshay and a reserve officer, listed only as A. Bradshaw, that the school had told her the warrant had been dropped and that the Police Department had not found any warrants when the family had called.
Bradshaw then started questioning her and why she was there, according to the suit. She left the room when the officers finally told her to, the lawsuit says, but Goshay followed her out and arrested her on a charge of resisting police.
She rode in a police car to the station with the student.
The charge was dismissed in February 2012 after the Lake County prosecutor’s office couldn’t produce evidence to support the charge, according to papers filed with the lawsuit.
Grimes is asking for punitive damages and legal costs.