A former Strasburg man cleared of kidnapping and other charges has dropped his lawsuit against a Strasburg woman.
43-year old Todd Potts, who now lives in the New Philadelphia area, was accused of abducting his estranged wife and her mother, Paulette Everhart from their Strasburg home in June 2011. A county common pleas court jury found Potts not guilty of aggravated burglary, abduction and kidnapping charges last February.
Potts later filed a lawsuit against Everhart claiming she was liable to him for defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress because her report to police resulted in his arrest and subsequent indictment by the Tuscarawas County Grand Jury.
Everhart filed a Counterclaim against Potts alleging claims against him for kidnapping and abduction, assault, battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress and false imprisonment.
Everhart’s attorney Matthew Mullen, in a statement released Thursday, says that faced with Everhart’s defense that what she told police was true and her counterclaims, Potts dismissed his lawsuit with prejudice, which means the lawsuit cannot be filed again and he did so without receiving any compensation.
Potts had sought more than $50,000 from each of the three defendants, which also included the village of Strasburg and Tuscarawas County.
Mullen says Everhart dismissed her counterclaim at the same time.