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Former deputy drops lawsuit over lack of mental health care

July 5, 2019

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — A former Gallatin County sheriff’s deputy who was convicted of assaulting a teenage girl in an interrogation room in February 2011 has dropped a lawsuit alleging he did not receive adequate mental health counseling for a series of traumatic calls in the days before the assault.

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports Thomas Madsen dropped the lawsuit after a judge rejected his proposed expert witness.

Madsen pleaded no contest to misdemeanor assault for putting his hands around a girl’s throat and shoving her into a wall.

His lawsuit alleged he was suffering from undiagnosed post-traumatic stress disorder after having to sit for hours with the body of a man who had been shot by an officer and responded to a suicide and a stabbing. Two months earlier, he responded to the fatal shooting of a Montana Highway Patrol trooper.

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Information from: Bozeman Daily Chronicle, http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com

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