Lawsuit against former Waverly cop moved back to local court

By Gary Scott on August 27, 2015 at 1:01pm

A lawsuit against a former Waverly police officer has been thrown back to the local court.

The suit, filed by a 19-year-old Waverly woman who was 16 when former officer Jeremy Angelo sexually assaulted her, was moved to federal court in Springfield in June but was remanded after a motion to dismiss one of the five counts in the civil suit was granted.

According to court records, the teen’s attorneys requested the dismissal of the count, which was her Fourth Amendment rights were violated.

The suit, which names Angelo, former police chief Dave Searcy, current chief Jason Divjak and the City of Waverly, claims the city intentionally inflicted emotional distress on the teen by failing to protect her against Angelo.

It says Waverly police failed to handle previous incidents of alleged misconduct by Angelo.

There’s been little action since the case was remanded and no indication as to when it might be heard.

Angelo pleaded guilty last August to felony sexual assault charges and was sentenced to four years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.