MOUNT VERNON — The civil suit filed this spring against Samuel A. Thatcher by the mother of the girl who he was convicted of engaging in sexual activity with, has been scheduled for trial, and a motion by Thatcher’s attorney to reveal the names of the plaintiffs has been denied.
The jury trial is set for 9 a.m., April 29, in Common Pleas Court. Judge Dale Anthony Crawford has been assigned to hear the case in place of Judge Otho Eyster, who recused himself from the case.
In the latest significant action in the case, Crawford ruled that the plaintiffs could continue to use a pseudonym. Thatcher’s attorney, Joel Mirman of Columbus, had filed a motion to either dismiss the case or require that the plaintiffs proceed under their true names. However, since the daughter is still a minor and she “would have to disclose information of the utmost intimacy,” Crawford ruled that the use of a pseudonym is permissible.
Thatcher’s attorney had argued that the complaint was defective “for several reasons” and should be dismissed or else the plaintiffs should be required to proceed in their own names.
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