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Sarelson Law Firm Files Rape Suit

May 7th, 2012

Sarelson Law Firm has a filed a rape suit against the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office  for repeated acts of coercive rape.

Our plaintiff, Dawn Morris Willis, has undergone a series of horrors at the hands of Florida law officials. It started when Willis was pulled over for suspicion of drunk driving. The officer on duty, Deputy Tommie Joe Brock, said he would not arrest her if she agreed to have sex with him. She agreed, but the unlawful coercion did not end there. Deputy Brock continued to rape and batter Willis over a period of eight months.

For the first half of the eight–month period, Brock raped Willis 10-15 times while she was serving as a confidential informant for ongoing investigations. Serving as a CI and submitting to Brock sexually was in exchange for lesser sentencing for Willis, as well as favorable treatment for her husband, who was incarcerated at the time.

The second half occurred while Willis was detained at the county jail. Brock repeatedly arranged for her to be transported to his office so he could rape her. During one of these visits, Willis’s father was in poor health. Brock said she could call him if she performed oral sex on Brock. Witnesses reported seeing Willis crying as she was escorted back to her cell.

Willis reported Brock’s behavior to the police, who did nothing. She then reported it to the FBI, and the FBI agent determined that Willis’s testimony was credible and true. DNA evidence, as well as a confirmed call from Brock’s office to Willis’s father’s nursing home, supports her case. Video surveillance shows her being transported from the jail to Brock’s office.

Like our work with consumer protection and class action lawsuits, we are proud to stand up for an individual who has been wronged by an establishment. Brock was terminated following Ms. Willis’s FBI testimony, but he deserves more for what he did to our client.

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