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Boy settles case against county

Courtney Astolfi • Feb 14, 2014 at 8:21 AM

A boy who was sprayed in the face with a cleaning solution at the Tiffin Avenue detention home agreed to settle his case against Erie County this week.

The boy’s attorney, Geoff Oglesby, declined to comment on how much the settlement was worth, but he did say “it was enough”

Last May, the Aspen Run Road boy’s parents filed a lawsuit against the county, seeking damages for a 2012 incident in which detention home corrections officer Ann Turinsky sprayed the boy’s face with cleaning solution, according to court documents.

Oglesby contended the act warranted damages for negligence, civil battery, child endangerment and negligent training and supervision.

Oglesby and the boy’s family asked for compensation in excess of $25,000, but county officials agreed Tuesday to drop the suit in exchange for a settlement.

“The solution that was sprayed was not that chemically dangerous” Oglesby said. “The security guard shouldn’t have done it, but there was no serious or significant injuries to the young man”

In May 2012, Turinsky allegedly sprayed the 17-year-old boy with “Green Earth” cleaner while he made a phone call. She later maintained it was all a joke, court documents stated.

Turinsky was fired the following month because of the incident.

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