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Girl Sues After Informing On Parents

A teenager says her rights were violated when police used her as an informant against her marijuana-smoking parents.

Crystal Grendell, 17, contends in a lawsuit that she was assured that her parents would not be arrested when she turned them in six years ago through a school drug education program.

Drug agents raided her home and arrested her parents, Preston and Gail Grendell, on charges of cultivating marijuana. Preston Grendell pleaded guilty and received a 90-day suspended sentence; Gail Grendell’s charges were dismissed.

Crystal and her mother sued the town and the police chief in U.S. District Court in Bangor this week, seeking unspecified damages.

Crystal still feels guilty, said the family’s lawyer Jed Davis, and Gail Grendell lost her job as a result of the investigation.

Town Manager Fred Breslin said the town would not discuss the lawsuit.


 

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