Unlawful Detention Leads to $45M Trial Price for Ohio Man

COLUMBUS, Ohio — An Ohio man won $45 million in a civil lawsuit against a police department and detective whose actions led to his wrongful conviction and more than 20 years behind bars.

Dean Gillispie sued the Miami Township Police Department and former detective Scott Moore for suppressing evidence and falsifying the identification of eyewitnesses in the 1991 rape and kidnapping case against Gillispie.

Gillispie was convicted in Montgomery County in 1991 and released from prison in 2011. The Ohio Innocence Project at the University of Cincinnati Law School, former Ohio Attorney General Jim Petro, and Dean’s mother, Juana Gillispie, worked to free him and clear his name.

Today Gillispie is 57 and lives in Fairborn, a suburb of Dayton.

“The horror that was inflicted on Dean and his family and community is hard to imagine,” said Ohio Innocence project director Mark Godsey. “The way the authorities pushed through a conviction and then fought back and refused to admit they were wrong was so disappointing. Nothing can get Dean back for the horror.”