WESTBROOK, Maine (AP) — A member of the Westbrook School Committee has notified the city she intends to file a lawsuit claiming she was wrongfully charged with hindering a criminal case against a school employee.
Suzanne Joyce was charged last year with hindering the apprehension or prosecution of Dereck Gilman, a special-education technician at Westbrook Middle School accused of engaging in sexual acts with a student.
Charges against Joyce were dismissed in September. Charges against Gilman also were dismissed as part of a plea agreement.
The Portland Press Herald, reports that in a notice of claim sent to the city on Feb. 25, Joyce’s attorney says she intends to bring action against the city and a police officer.
City officials said Monday they are confident the matter will be resolved in their favor.