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Ky. man sues over fingerprint identification

James Dawson (File photo, Source: Ludlow Police) James Dawson (File photo, Source: Ludlow Police)

COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) - A northern Kentucky man claims a police officer used false fingerprint evidence and testimony to charge him with robbery and is seeking $12 million in damages in a civil lawsuit.

James Dillon Dawson says in a suit filed suit Thursday in U.S. District Court in Covington that Ludlow police officer John Dorman took his fingerprints off a soda can then submitted them as evidence of in a burglary case in which $20,000 was stolen. Dawson spent seven months in jail before the charges were dismissed in June.

Named as defendants are Dorman, Ludlow Police Chief A. Wayne Turner and Assistant Police Chief Benny Johnson.

Turner said he had not seen the lawsuit and referred questions to Ludlow City Attorney Tom Miller, who could not immediately be reached for comment.

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