- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 21, 2015

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - An April 4 trial date has been scheduled for a malicious prosecution lawsuit filed by a former Ocean Springs alderman against the Jackson County sheriff and four investigators.

Last October, U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden dismissed 13 of 14 counts filed by James Hagan. The malicious prosecution count remains against former Sheriff Mike Byrd and the investigators.

Hagan is seeking $30 million in damages after he was arrested in 2001 on charges of improper touching of a child for lustful purposes, possession of child pornography and embezzlement of city equipment.

Hagan alleges false arrest, perjury and witness tampering, among other things.

The Mississippi Press reports (https://bit.ly/1L0myYS ) a grand jury declined to indict Hagan him on two counts and prosecutors later dropped the child porn count for lack of evidence.

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Information from: The Mississippi Press, https://www.gulflive.com

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