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Federal lawsuit dismissed against Ford County jail

URBANA — A federal judge has ruled in favor of the defendants in an eight-count lawsuit that sought damages for the sexual abuse of a female inmate at the Ford County jail.

U.S. District Judge Harold A. Baker on Oct. 9 dismissed five of the eight counts and granted summary judgment in favor of the defendants in the other three counts.

Joliet attorney Gregory Leiter filed the lawsuit in 2010 in U.S. District Court in Urbana on behalf of Krystal Brown, a 20-year-old former Rantoul resident who was being housed at the jail in Paxton while awaiting sentencing on aggravated bank robbery charges.

The lawsuit sought more than $300,000 in damages against Ford County, the sheriff's department, Sheriff Mark Doran and four of his employees. {Paxton Record}