COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio county is seeking to settle a federal lawsuit over photographs taken of intimate tattoos of up to 682 female detainees for $2.5 million.
Franklin County commissioners on Tuesday agreed to the settlement, which must be approved by a federal judge.READ MORE: Sto-Rox Junior/Senior High Students Dismissed Early, Will Learn Virtually Due To Threat Of Violence
The class-action lawsuit was filed in 2013 on behalf of women who were arrested for minor offenses between May 23, 2011 and April 30, 2014. Photos were taken of their tattoos on or near their intimate body parts when they were booked into the county jail.
The jail stopped the practice in April 2014.READ MORE: Study Ranks Pennsylvania As 2nd Best State In U.S. For Christmas Decorations
Each woman is estimated to receive $2,735 under the plan. A third of the settlement would cover attorney fees, costs and expenses.
According to documents, the settlement does not include men, detainees charged with felonies or those who had tattoos photographed that were not in an intimate area.
Under terms of the settlement, the county would admit no wrongdoing. The sheriff’s office would be required to destroy the photos and cease taking intimate tattoo pictures of misdemeanor detainees.MORE NEWS: Pfizer Expected To Seek FDA Authorization For Booster Shots For 16, 17 Year-Olds
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