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Woman sues ex-police officer

July 18, 2018
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A civil rights lawsuit has been filed against a former police officer in the region for allegedly kidnapping and sexually assaulting a woman after a traffic stop.

Attorneys sued last week in Western Michigan's U.S. District Court against Erich Fritz on behalf of Melissa McMillan.

The lawsuit says he was a Covert Township officer in 2016 when he allegedly took McMillan to a hotel and assaulted her.

McMillan was a passenger in a car that was stopped for suspected drunken driving. The driver was arrested.

He pleaded no contest to unlawful imprisonment last year and was sentenced to a year in jail. Criminal sexual conduct and kidnapping charges were dropped.

The Associated Press typically doesn't publish the names of sexual assault victims, but McMillan has publicly identified herself.

The AP couldn't reach Fritz for comment.

His criminal defense attorney, Scott Grabel, doesn't represent Fritz in the civil case but has reviewed it.

Grabel said there appears to be different facts and allegations in the two cases.

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