Reno Teenager Sues Ex-Police Officer Over Traffic Stop

About a year after he was acquitted of criminal charges that he coerced a 17-year-old girl into undressing to get out of a traffic ticket, a former Reno police sergeant has been sued by the teenager.

In her complaint filed Friday in Washoe District Court, the former McQueen High School student claims Paul Pitsnogle's (pits-noggle's) actions in April 2006 violated her "bodily integrity" and resulted in severe emotional distress.

The lawsuit also names the city of Reno, claiming it was aware of Pitsnogle's attempts to abuse and harass females but failed to stop him. It seeks unspecified damages in excess of ten-thousand dollars.

Pitsnogle's attorney denies the allegations.

Pitsnogle was acquitted in October 2006 of felony charges of officer misconduct and open and gross lewdness stemming from the encounter with the girl.

He was fired last April after an internal investigation found he disproportionately targeted young female drivers and used the agency's computer system to collect information on them.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

AP-NY-12-15-07 2104EST


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