Judge dismisses former Paso cop’s suit against city
February 28, 2013
A San Luis Obispo Superior Court judge dismissed the lawsuit of a former Paso Robles police officer against the city for the alleged sexual misconduct and abuse of power by former Police Chief Lisa Solomon-Chitty. [Tribune]
Judge Jac Crawford dismissed the suit of Brennan Lux because the former Paso Robles officer did not turn over evidence to the city’s attorney in an early stage of the suit. Lux said he made the mistake of not providing the evidence because he was preoccupied with a divorce, depression and a commute to King City for a graveyard shift as a police sergeant.
“I dropped the ball,” Lux told the Tribune. “Those are all life-changing events at one time, and it was just overwhelming.”
Lux may re-file the suit against the city with a new attorney.
His initial lawsuit, filed in May 2012, alleged that Solomon-Chitty fired him as retaliation for Lux rejecting her sexual advances. The former Paso Robles officer claimed Solomon-Chitty initiated oral sex on him while at his home and grabbed his penis while in a hot tub at a command staff retreat.
A lawsuit filed against Solomon-Chitty and other Paso Robles officials claiming the former chief ran an illegal ticket quota scheme is still active and slated to go to trial. Paso Robles police officer Jon Tatro filed the suit, alleging that Solomon-Chitty punished officers who did not make their quotas.