Home > News > Suit Calls Fla. Sheriff’s Probe a ‘Publicity Stunt’ • Bookmark   • Newsletters   • Register Search Options


Suit Calls Fla. Sheriff’s Probe a ‘Publicity Stunt’

Suit Calls Fla. Sheriff’s Probe a ‘Publicity Stunt’
Get XBIZ News
XBIZ Research
Will virtual reality boost the paysite market?
Yes, it will soon
Yes, but in a few years
Out of 179 votes. Results based on votes submitted by members of XBIZ.net social network.
Apr 9, 2015 8:32 AM PDT    Text size: 

LAKELAND, Fla. — The infamous Sheriff Grady Judd of Polk County, Fla., this week was sued over accusations that his department used "the tragic death of a young girl as an opportunity for media attention."

Attorney Lawrence Walters and co-counsel in the case, Howard Marks, filed the suit against Judd on behalf of a 12-year-old client who was allegedly falsely arrested, blamed for a classmate’s suicide and labeled a "cyberbully."

The suit said that Judd turned the arrest into a “publicity stunt.”

Judd is the same sheriff who told local media that he declared war on the production and distribution of porn in Florida’s Polk County several years ago, arresting adult star Kimberly Kupps for “obscenity.” 

Later, he also targeted a gas station owner, Minakashiben Patel, in another “obscenity” case after several soft-core porn movies were found for sale in a sting at her mini mart.

Court documents filed Wednesday show the lawsuit filed against the Polk County Sheriff’s Department claimed the girl suffered mental and emotional anguish from the accusations against her.

“While this case is not representative of the many ethical sheriffs out there, it stands out as an egregious abuse of law enforcement discretion,” Walters told XBIZ. “This sheriff’s decision to arrest our client, and drag her name through the mud by labeling her a cyberbully while she was still grieving her classmate’s death, was reckless and inconsistent with fundamental notions of due process.

“We hope this case will result in some changes in the way this sheriff does business, but I’m not holding my breath.”

Judd brought felony charges, in conjunction with the state's attorney's office, in October 2013 against two girls — one of them Katelyn Roman, 12 — after the suicide a month earlier of a third girl, Rebecca Sedwick.

Judd worked the local and national media, and released the names and mugshots of the two girls. He claimed that as many as 15 children tormented Sedwick on social media to the point of her eventual suicide.

Judd and the state eventually dropped the charges after combing through thousands of Facebook posts and failing to find evidence of cyberbullying.

Roman’s family is seeking at least $15,000 in damages.

“We’re seeing evidence of law enforcement abuses around the country, and the public is starting to see what civil rights lawyers have known for many years; the tremendous power of a badge and gun can be easily misused,” Walters said.

More ways to get XBIZ News:  RSS Feeds  |  E-Newsletters  |  Desktop Widget  |  Mobile
Looking for porn star news and behind-the-scene videos? Check out XFANZ.com !


Data Privacy Is Tightening Up in the E.U.

Have you begun preparing for GDPR? If you are like most, you haven’t even heard of GDPR, but also if you are like most, it is going to affect your business, starting May 25, 2018. The GDPR, or General... More »

Could Adult Content Be Banned?

Earlier this month, I met with the Free Speech Coalition’s board of directors for our annual review. Despite the headwinds our industry faces, politically and economically, we are, as an organization,... More »

Cutting Costs in the Spirit of Entrepreneurship

Adult website owners are comprised of two groups: One is comfortable giving up 30-50 percent of their site’s gross sales revenue (aka profit) in exchange for software, hosting and services despite... More »
Stay informed of the latest industry developments. Get XBIZ newsletters delivered to your inbox. Subscribe today!
Enter email address:

* To manage existing subscriptions click here.

Submit your press release to
multiple news outlets with 1 click.
Subscribe to RSS news feeds or
add free content to your website.
Access XBIZ news and articles
with your mobile device.
Subscribe to XBIZ Premiere magazine, the industry's leading adult retail trade publications, delivering the most timely and comprehensive business news and information to producers and retailers of adult products.


XBIZ Retreat

May 30 - Jun 03
Miami, Florida

XBIZ Miami 2017

May 30 - Jun 02
Miami, Florida

XShow 18+ 2017

Jun 01 - Jun 03
Moscow, Russia

Cam Summit

Jun 02 - Jun 04
Lloret de Mar, Spain
Everyday thousands of business professionals browse XBIZ's industry directory for quality products and services. Not listed yet? Your company could be losing potential new business. Submit your company today!
Use XBIZ RSS feeds to stay informed of the latest industry developments or as a content syndication tool for your website!