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Inmate sues county claiming inadequate medical care

Jessica Cuffman • Sep 26, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Charles Grissom, 48, was arrested in September 2011 for allegedly assaulting two women in the 1000 block of Hancock St.

In a lawsuit he and his wife, Joann, filed last week in Erie County Common Pleas Court, Grissom said he was originally arrested on misdemeanors, but was denied bond and forced to accept inadequate medical treatment for physical and mental injuries.

He has a history of mental illness, according to court and police documents.

Sandusky police arrested Grissom on charges of assault and disorderly conduct, then took him to the police station after several witnesses said he had grabbed the two women by the hair and threw one of them to the ground.

He also struck the other woman in the face multiple times, according to a police report.

Grissom asked for medical attention and a mental health evaluation, so authorities took him to a hospital emergency room. Once there, however, he refused all treatment, the report said.

He was then taken back to the Erie County jail and held without bond at a judge’s order, the report said Jail guards soon noticed Grissom appeared to be suffering from paranoia and hallucinations, Erie County Sheriff Paul Sigsworth said.

In the lawsuit, Grissom accuses police and sheriff’s deputies of using excessive force to arrest him. He also says he was falsely arrested.

He’s seeking compensatory and punitive damages in excess of $50,000.

For more on this story, pick up a copy of Wednesday's Register.

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