Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

$50,000 Settlement Reached in Clay Wrongful Arrest; Sheriff's Office Has Had 2 within 6 Months and Has Now Settled Both

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

$50,000 Settlement Reached in Clay Wrongful Arrest; Sheriff's Office Has Had 2 within 6 Months and Has Now Settled Both

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Byline: Topher Sanders

The Clay County teen wrongfully arrested in 2013 because he shared the same name as a schoolmate reached a $50,000 settlement with Clay County Sheriff's Office.

Cody L. Williams was arrested in August 2013 for the sexual battery of someone younger than 12. But police were actually seeking another teenager with the same first and last name who attended the same high school as Williams.

The teen spent more than a month in jail.

Williams did not return a call for comment but his lawyer Kristopher Nowicki said his client's goal was never to get rich.

"His goal was to make sure this never happened to anyone else," Nowicki said. "The sheriff's department put some new policies in place to prevent this from happening, so that was one of the main factors that encouraged him to resolve the case."

The settlement fee will be paid by the Sheriff's Office's insurance carrier. The deal is the second settlement for wrongful arrest by the Clay County Sheriff's Office in the past four months. …

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