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Former Fairfax County Public Schools Employee Files Lawsuit Alleging Malicious Prosecution

Written by: Sam Orlando

Fairfax, Virginia – In a recent development in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Girard Thompson, a former employee of Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), has filed a lawsuit against the school district and several individuals, alleging malicious prosecution. The case, filed under Case No. 1:23-cv-01596, raises serious questions about the conduct of FCPS employees and the subsequent legal proceedings against Mr. Thompson.

Background of the Case

According to the complaint, Mr. Thompson, a former Flooring Maintenance Technician for FCPS, was terminated in 2018 following allegations made by fellow employees, Scott Larson, Merari Zemary, and Andrea Morales. The allegations led to Mr. Thompson's arrest on charges of making a threatening statement, a claim he vehemently denies and asserts was fabricated.

Details from the Complaint

The complaint outlines that on June 29, 2018, Mr. Thompson was accused by Defendant Morales of making a violent threat, leading to his arrest and the eventual termination of his employment with FCPS. Mr. Thompson contends that the accusations were baseless and part of a scheme by the defendants to fabricate a criminal incident, which not only led to his wrongful arrest but also damaged his reputation and mental well-being.

Outcome of the Initial Charges

The court documents reveal that the charges against Mr. Thompson were ultimately dismissed. On September 18, 2018, he was found not guilty of violating Va. Code § 18.2-60. Despite this, the plaintiff argues that the ordeal has caused irreversible harm to his personal and professional life.

Claims in the Lawsuit

Mr. Thompson is seeking redress for what he describes as a malicious prosecution that violated his Fourth Amendment rights. The lawsuit asks for damages totaling $1,496,880, including compensation for lost wages, punitive damages, pain, suffering, humiliation, and lost retirement benefits.

Implications of the Case

This lawsuit puts a spotlight on the practices within FCPS, particularly concerning the handling of internal conflicts and the treatment of employees. It raises concerns about the potential misuse of power and the impact such actions can have on individuals' lives.

FCPS’s Response

As of this writing, FCPS has not publicly responded to the lawsuit. The case is expected to proceed to trial, where the details of the allegations and the defenses will be fully examined.

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