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Lawsuit for former deputy accused of rape may be settled

2:21 PM, Mar 13, 2013   |    comments
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A lawsuit filed against a former Hamblen County sheriff's deputy convicted of forcing female drivers into sexual acts could be settled out of court.

Dexter Morris was convicted in 2010 of forcing female drivers to engage in sexual acts during routine traffic stops.  A judge sentenced him to more than 15 years in jail.

A woman who claims Morris raped her after a traffic stop later filed a $20 million dollar lawsuit against Morris, former sheriff, Otto Purkey, and Hamblen County.

The lawsuit seeks a jury trial, but all the parties told a judge they would consider using mediation to come to an agreement outside of court.

If an agreement is not reached within 20 days of the final pre-trial conference, then the case will go to trial in February of next year.

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