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Alleged Gasparilla rape victim moves ahead with lawsuit against Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

5:33 PM, Jul 11, 2012   |    comments
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Tampa, Florida -- Five years after she says she was raped then hauled off to jail, a Bay area woman has been given the green light to sue the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

Back in 2007, the 21-year-old USF student told Tampa police she was sexually assaulted after Gasparilla.

She had been prescribed the morning-after pill, but during the investigation, she was taken to the Hillsborough County Jail for non-payment of restitution for a juvenile crime.

Her attorney says a jail nurse denied her request for her prescription, a violation of her privacy and equal protection under the law.

A U.S. district judge recently ruled she can sue the sheriff's office.

Her attorney, Virlyn Moore III, says he plans to see the case go to court within the next year.

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