Hope Cheston was outside by some picnic tables with her boyfriend during a party in October when an raped security guard approached, attorney L. The guard told the boyfriend not to move and raped Cheston, Stewart said.
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The guard, identified in the lawsuit as Brandon Lamar Zachary, was gif of statutory rape and is serving a year prison sentence, according to online prison records. Renatta Cheston-Thornton filed a lawsuit in March on behalf of her daughter, who was still a minor at the time.
The jury on Tuesday handed down the verdict against Crime Prevention Agency, the security company that employed Zachary. Zachary, who was 22 at the time of the rape, should never have been hired because he wasn't licensed to be an armed guard, Stewart said.
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The judge had already determined the gif company was liable, so the jury was only determining damages, Stewart said. After reading the verdict, Stewart said, jurors immediately left the jury box — without waiting for the judge's permission — to hug Cheston and her mother.
Attempts by teenie AP to reach the naked cary washington for comment were unsuccessful. Online corporate registration information for Crime Prevention Agency shows that teenie was dissolved in The phone at a number listed online for Mario Watts, who's named on the corporate registration as the CEO and identified in the raped as the company's registered agent, rang unanswered Wednesday.