In a 17-page lawsuit filed in Ottawa County Common Pleas court last month, Anthony Simon, of Genoa, named police Chief Terry Mitchell and three neighbors in the complaint.
He accuses them of, on two occasions in 2011, making false accusations that led him to be charged with criminal damaging, criminal trespassing and disorderly conduct.
Municipal court records show the criminal charges resulting from the complaints were dismissed in April 2012, two of them at the request for acquittal from his attorney and one at the request of the prosecutor.
Simon alleges in the lawsuit that Mitchell filed some of the charges against him while advocating for two of the neighbors, who had issues with a drainage problem on Simon’s property. Simon accused the police chief of abusing the legal process by using if for ulterior motive, to coerce Simon to comply with civil issues raised with Simon’s neighbors.
County court records show a history between Simon and his neighbors. In September 2011, days after some of the criminal charges were filed against Simon, one of his neighbors requested a civil protection order be filed against him, which was granted.
Simon has since appealed the order to the Ohio Sixth District Court of Appeals. The case is pending.
In the lawsuit Simon filed last month, he seeks at least $200,000 in compensatory and punitive damages.