Taylor Man Cleared Of Charges He Shot At Wife Sues Police For False Arrest

December 29, 2018
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Taylor Man Cleared Of Charges He Shot At Wife Sues Police For False Arrest

A man who police say was falsely accused of firing a shotgun at his wife filed a federal lawsuit against a Taylor police officer seeking damages for false arrest and other counts.

Charles Simonson, 63, was charged with aggravated assault and several other offenses Nov. 7 based on a report from his estranged wife, Loretta Simonson, who claimed he fired at her as she slept in her home Nov. 2.

All charges against Charles Simonson were dropped Nov. 8 after police investigated further and determined Loretta Simonson fired the shotgun in an attempt to frame him.

Loretta Simonson, 57, was charged the same day with false reports, reckless endangerment, unsworn falsification and discharging a firearm into an occupied structure. She waived her right to a preliminary hearing Nov. 19 and is awaiting trial in Lackawanna County Court.

The lawsuit, filed Friday by Pittston attorney Cynthia Pollick, alleges the arresting officer, William Roche, filed charges even though he knew he did not have sufficient evidence.

The suit names the borough and Roche as defendants and seeks damages on seven counts, including false arrest, malicious prosecution, unlawful search and seizure, and defamation.

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