New allegations in wrongfully charged Oconee Co. lawsuit

New allegations have been filed in a Motion by Attorney Keith Denny to amend the Plaintiffs’ Complaint against The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office, deputy Amanda Tinsley, the Tenth Circuit Solicitor’s Office and 10th Circuit Solicitor Chrissy Adams.

In the original complaint, Lawyer Keith Denny claims the two offices withheld information that proved his juvenile client was innocent of criminal sexual conduct.

The teen was charged in October of 2013 for criminal sexual conduct. His lawyer filed a motion of discovery in the case in November.

The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office sent DNA evidence down to SLED to be investigated. The results of that DNA test were sent back to the sheriff’s office in January of 2014, the lawsuit claims.

“It showed explicitly that any DNA they collected it wasn’t connected to him, it wasn’t connected to him There were also medical records that specifically contradicting the petition to arrest my client,” said lawyer Keith Denny.

Denny says his office did not have access to that DNA until April of 2015. His client was exonerated of his charges.

In the proposed Amended Complaint, the lawsuit claims Deputy Tinsley and another teen who was an adult who assaulted the teen called the Plaintiff and tried to convince him to admit to the crime, which the Plaintiff did not. 

Deputy Tinsley had information that specifically contradicted the alleged victim’s statement that she was unconscious at the time of her assault.  The lawsuit says Tinsley knew that information and wrote the opposite to obtain a petition to have the teen arrested and prosecuted for a year and a half before he was ultimately found to be not guilty.  

The Sheriff’s Office and the Solicitor’s Office declined to comment on the pending case.

To read that amended complaint, click here: Amended Complaint

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