Man acquitted of clam poaching sues police

Clams. (AP Photo/Pat Wellenbach)
Clams. (AP Photo/Pat Wellenbach)

GUILFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man acquitted of a clam poaching charge is suing two state environmental police officers and the person who complained to authorities about him.

The New Haven Register reports that Nicholas Crismale of Guilford filed the lawsuit in New Haven Superior Court last month. Court records show he’s seeking more than $15,000 in damages for legal fees and for humiliation and anxiety he says he suffered.

The lawsuit alleges malicious prosecution by Officers Jeffrey Samorajczyk and Todd Chenacki of the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. The agency denies the allegations.

The suit also accuses Christopher Walston of Guilford of maliciously and falsely reporting that Crismale trespassed and stole clams from Walston’s clam beds. Walston declined to comment.

Crismale was acquitted of misdemeanor larceny in March.

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Information from: New Haven Register

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