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Lorain resident suing city, police for $1M


ELYRIA — A Lorain man accused of soliciting sex from his teenage daughter has filed a lawsuit against the city of Lorain and the Lorain Police Department for $1 million.

Charles Brown filed the lawsuit Monday in Lorain County Common Pleas Court and accused the Lorain police of turning his daughter into a prostitute and heroin addict.

Brown names the city of Lorain, Lorain Police Department, Sgt. Buddy Sivert, Officer Steve Curry, police Chief Cel Rivera and a Detective Augello as defendants. The Lorain Police Department said it does not have a Detective Augello on its staff, but there is a Detective Tabitha Angello with the department.

Brown says in the lawsuit that he will present evidence that police detained two of his other daughters and gave the third daughter permission to break into his house and steal $8,000 worth of electronics. He also alleges that police knowingly and willingly endangered the lives of two of his daughters.

In 2016, Lorain police charged Brown, 59, with attempted sexual battery, domestic violence and child endangering after reviewing recordings made by Brown’s daughter and talking with Brown. Brown’s daughter provided police with three recordings from her cell phone of conversations she had with Brown.

According to the police report from the incident, “the girl stated that her father (Brown) told her that he needed to teach her three sexual lessons so she could find a rich man and keep him happy.”

The report also said Brown told his daughter that she was grounded and would only be released from the punishment after she “agreed to comply with the three sexual lessons.”

Brown also addressed those accusations in the lawsuit.

“After my house was broken into by my daughter … the Lorain police realized they had made a mistake in arresting Mr. Charles Brown by using a few doctor phone clips and sound bites,” the lawsuit said. “They were tricked by a street-wise, drug-addicted teenager into thinking her dad was trying to have sex with her. They did their best to try and cover it up by lying and not doing their duty and that is to keep my family safe.”

Brown filed the lawsuit himself, rather than with an attorney. A criminal trial for the charges of attempted sexual battery, domestic violence and child endangering is scheduled to begin Jan. 25.

Contact Scott Mahoney at 329-7146 or Follow him on Twitter @SMahoneyCT.

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