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Chattanooga area woman suing Silverdale, claims abuse

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CHATTANOOGA, TN. (Times Free Press) -- A 53-year-old local woman has sued the private corporation that runs the Silverdale Detention Center, along with a Texas sheriff, after what she alleges was an illegal arrest followed by beatings at the center.

Attorneys for Donna L. Johnson filed the $500,000 lawsuit on Nov. 29 in federal and state courts. Corrections Corporation of America and Sheriff David Duke of Wichita County, Texas, have been served with notice of the lawsuit, court records show.

Duke said in a phone interview Friday that Johnson took money from officers in his department and others for photography work. She promised to return the finished photos in six weeks, and six months later wasn't responding to phone calls, he said.

Read more on the story from our news partners at the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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