Written by Devon Boen
A lawsuit has recently been filed against the State of Montana, Roosevelt County and multiple state and county employees, including Sheriff Freedom Crawford, alleging mistreatment of a former Culbertson man while incarcerated in the Roosevelt County Detention Center.
The complaint states the saga began in February 2010 when Kevin Conyers
was arrested for felony sexual assault of a minor child. Conyers’ bail was set at $100,000.
It said Conyers was incarcerated from Feb. 16, 2010, to June 2, 2011, at the Roosevelt County Detention Center.
The charge was officially dismissed by Roosevelt County attorney Jim Patch when he declared the State “believes that neither the child nor the child interviewed has provided factual basis to charge the defendant with the crime, and further, there is no doubt that the crime alleged cannot be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.”
The complaint, filed on Sept. 28, is specifically aimed at the State of Montana, Roosevelt County, Sheriff Freedom Crawford, as well as Matt Wallace, Tim Lingle and Loy Sprague. It said Wallace and Lingle were sheriff’s deputies at all times relevant to the complaint and Sprague was a social worker employed by the State of Montana.
Conyers is seeking damages for a multitude of counts which include unlawful arrest and confinement, conspiracy, failure to prevent constitutional violations, inadequate care and supervision, malicious prosecution, abuse of process, intentional infliction of emotional distress and negligence, nine charges in all.
Conyers is seeking restitution in the amount of “$500,000 for all defendants and at least $100,000 against all defendants for punitive damages” for counts one through four and amounts deemed “just, fair and appropriate against all defendants for actual, special and compensatory damages” for counts five, seven and nine.