Catoosa County Sheriff Phil Summers said he will “vigorously” defend his department against a multi-million-dollar lawsuit by Tonya Craft.

Craft on Monday filed a 52-page lawsuit in federal court in Rome.

Craft, 37, a former Chickamauga Elementary School kindergarten teacher, was charged with molesting three children and was acquitted of all charges on May 11 in Catoosa County Superior Court.

The 52-page lawsuit names 15 defendants, including the parents of the alleged victims and nearly everyone involved in investigating the case.

“Catoosa County, Catoosa County Sheriff’s Department, sheriff Phil Summers and detective Tim Deal deny any allegations of wrongdoing and state any claims asserted in the lawsuit are unfounded and will be vigorously defended,” the sheriff said Tuesday in a written statement.

Craft claims the sheriff’s office, as well as other government agencies, violated her civil rights and questioning by officials was “intentionally designed to manipulate and/or harm the children.”

Rome News Tribune