A Sullivan County jury sided with a Clay County Sheriff's Department officer Thursday, ruling he was defamed by stories published in 2004 by the Terre Haute Tribune-Star.
CCSD Det. Jeff Maynard, a deputy at the time, initially filed the lawsuit in Vigo County in June 2004, against the paper for publishing two stories containing false information about a Clay City woman's allegations of misconduct during a traffic stop Feb. 28, 2004.
The Indiana State Police investigated the incident and cleared Maynard of the allegations.
The Clay City woman was later charged with false reporting, a class-B misdemeanor, however, a plea agreement was later negotiated for the woman that dismissed the charge.
Maynard was awarded $500,000 in compensatory damages and $1 million in punitive damages.
According to Indiana law, in a civil lawsuit brought by a private plaintiff 75 percent of awarded punitive damages goes to support the state's violent crime victims compensation fund.