November 29, 2011
Grant County and the Grant County Department of Social Services have been added as defendants in a pending lawsuit against the county’s district attorney and two others.
The suit alleges that District Attorney Lisa Riniker went too far in prosecuting a 6-year-old boy for first-degree sexual assault after he allegedly played “doctor” with two 5-year-old children — one boy and one girl — last fall. Jan Moravits, a social services investigator, and James Kopp, a now-retired sheriff’s investigator, were also named in the original suit.
The amended complaint filed late Sunday night also claims Riniker retaliated against the 6-year-old plaintiff’s parents when she sought a gag order in state court last week to prevent a scheduled interview with WISC-TV from taking place. The document goes on to say that Riniker believed the gag order would prohibit the plaintiffs from speaking with their attorneys for the federal suit, or proceed with the federal court case.