Lawsuit accuses Clay County deputy of wrongdoing - KCTV5 News

Lawsuit accuses Clay County deputy of wrongdoing

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A new federal lawsuit filed against the Clay County Sheriff's Office alleges a deputy used police resources to work with a private investigation company.

Two women filed the suit, saying that in 2012 Sgt. Matt Hunter allegedly identified himself as a Clay County deputy and used a department-issued cell phone and computer to conduct private work with Star Investigations, LLC.

The women allege Hunter on different occasions identified himself and the private eye who was with him, James Murray, as both being with the Clay County Sheriff's Office. The suit said the men wanted to question the women about their sex lives as part of domestic cases.

Lawyer Chad Gardner represents the women and spoke about the suit.

“These guys weren't doing any work for the sheriff's office that you've found out?” KCTV5's Eric Chaloux asked.

"No, the sheriff's office wasn't involved in this at all, the sheriff's office at first wasn't aware of it," Gardner said.

The plaintiffs are asking for damages in excess of $5 million.

KCTV5 reached out to the individual parties named in the lawsuit, but has not heard back from them. The sheriff's office had not yet heard of the suit.

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