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Mother in deputy groping case suing San Diego County for invasion of privacy

Posted at 4:34 PM, Apr 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-02 13:30:19-04

VISTA, Calif. (KGTV) - The mother of a 14-year-old girl sexually assaulted by a San Diego Deputy filed a civil lawsuit citing negligence and invasion of privacy.

Deputy Timothy Wilson pleaded guilty to lewd acts on a minor and two counts of unlawfully taking computer data. He’s serving jail time.

The victim’s mother, Jennifer Tanis, says Wilson accessed her daughter’s police file 44 times. He was able to get her home address, videos, and pictures of her daughter.

She tells 10News she’s suing the county, not for money, but change. Currently, all deputies are allowed to access police files, but she thinks the only person who should have access to them is the lead investigator.

She says the county failed her.

“There was no system in place to protect my daughter, her story or the pictures they took of her during the investigation," Tanis said.

Tanis is pushing for change not only in the county but the entire country. She reached out to Congressman Mike Levin’s office for help.

San Diego County has said they have the capability of making police reports private, but only in some cases. Deputy Wilson’s case wasn’t reportedly one of them.