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County Dismissed In Case Against Former County Prosecutor Mike Fritch

Last updated on Friday, May 25, 2012

(DUBOIS COUNTY) - Dubois County will be dismissed as one of three defendants in the lawsuit filed against it and former county prosecutor Mike Fritch by two of Fritch’s former deputy prosecutors Deborah Schroeder Dysert and Christine St. John.

Details of the dismissal with prejudice have not been released. Dismissal with prejudice means the plaintiffs are permanently barred from filing further litigation against the county on the same subject. But, the case against Fritch and the state of Indiana continues in U. S. District Court in Evansville.

Schroeder Dysert and St. John first filed suit March 16, 2010, solely against Fritch after the pair was suspended Feb. 12, 2010, for accessing the computerized time-clock summaries of former deputy prosecutor Kurt Leinenbach.

Fritch says the summaries were confidential. The women say they were reporting possible ghost employment. Fritch fired Schroeder Dysert on March 2 that year, and St. John's employment was terminated May 28 when she did not return to work after a 12-week medical leave.

The defendants have denied any wrongdoing in the case.

Schroeder Dysert and St. John have reportedly will be paid a financial settlement paid for by the county's public officials liability insurance policy. The amount is not being disclosed.

Also as part of the settlement, both sides will pay their own attorneys fees.

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