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WESTBROOK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - A school board member in Westbrook has informed the city she intends to file a lawsuit naming the city and a police officer.

Through her attorney Suzanne Joyce has filed a notice of claim to a governmental agency. The case involves criminal charges filed against Joyce that were later dropped.

Last year a teacher's assistant was charge with sexually abusing a teenage student. In that same investigation Suzanne Joyce was indicted by a Cumberland County Grand Jury for hindering the apprehension of that teacher's assistant Derek Gilman.

In the notice of claim Joyce's attorney writes that the investigating officer Ryan Close "knew, or ought to have known, that these statements and allegations that Suzanne Joyce had hindered the prosecution or apprehension of Derek Gilman were false."

He goes to write "As a consequence of the wrongful indictment and prosecution, Suzanne Joyce has sustained damages to her reputation in the community, emotional distress and pecuniary loss."

There has been no lawsuit filed at this time, just the notice of claim that she intends to sue.

Bill Baker the former Westbrook Police Chief, now Assistant City Administrator, issued a statement that reads in part, "We are confident this matter will be resolved in favor of the officer and the department. The decision to file a lawsuit strikes us as a poor choice by the plaintiff and will most certainly shed new light on the motive and behavior of the plaintiff and will clear up many questions about this case."

The notice of claim says she is seeking 400-thousand dollars in damages.

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