- Associated Press - Friday, March 10, 2017

DOVER, Del. (AP) - A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a former Maine resident serving 18 years in a Delaware prison for child sex abuse.

Thirty-six-year-old James Ira Allen claimed police made mistakes in investigating and arresting him. He wanted the judge to dismiss his criminal charges and award him $40 million in damages.

The judge ruled Friday that the law enforcement officials were immune from liability and that Allen’s claims were frivolous.

Allen is scheduled to appear in federal court next week on child pornography charges. He previously pleaded guilty to raping and sexually exploiting a 14-year-old girl found with him in a Georgetown motel in 2015.

Investigators found Allen and the girl with a lifelike doll and various infant supplies they used to pretend they had a real baby.

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Information from: The News Journal of Wilmington, Del., https://www.delawareonline.com

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