A judge awarded $160,000 to a Bayou Blue, La., man who said he was labeled a child sexual predator in emails and flyers sent by Houma police.
The Courier reports state District Judge Johnny Walker ruled that the man was publicly defamed and that his right to privacy was violated. Walker awarded the man $160,000 in damages and expenses from Terrebonne Parish and Houma police.
The man’s lawsuit stemmed from an incident in October 2008 when he had stopped on a public jogging path near a school as children played outside.
The man was he was resting during a run, but police were called. The man was never arrested or charged but information about him was distributed.
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