October 31, 2014
RENO, Nev. (AP) - The Reno City Council is ready to consider a $58,000 settlement with a woman who persuaded a federal jury that a city police officer coerced her to strip naked in his patrol car when she was a teenager five years ago.
The U.S. District Court jury found the city guilty of negligence in March and awarded $100,000 in damages to Elizabeth Eoff but state tort laws cap negligence damages at $50,000. The council is scheduled to vote Wednesday on a $58,000 package for damages and legal fees.
Now 22, Eoff first testified against ex-police Sgt. Paul Pitsnogle in 2006 at his state criminal trial on a charge of lewdness.
A Washoe County jury cleared Pitsnogle of wrongdoing, but he later was fired as a result of an internal police investigation.
Information from: Reno Gazette-Journal, http://www.rgj.com
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