On May 23, 2022, the Law Office of Jordan Marsh filed a lawsuit on behalf of Amy Villarreal, a former behavioral therapist who was arrested in September 2021 and charged with sexually assaulting a 15-year old autistic boy. Prosecutors dropped all charges against Amy on March 16, 2022.
The lawsuit alleges North Las Vegas police detective Jorge Correa violated Amy’s rights under the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution by arresting, detaining, and prosecuting Amy Villarreal without a reasonable basis to believe she had committed the horrific assaults she was accused of.
As a result of her arrest and charges, Amy’s name and face were prominently featured in local media under headlines such as: “Therapist accused of raping student with autism, took him from school, taped his mouth shut, police say”, and “Detectives seek possible victims of accused sexual assault suspect”. According to the lawsuit, Amy Villarreal lost her career and her reputation, and spent months fighting charges that could have put her in prison for the rest of her life.
“The allegations against Amy were vague, inconsistent, uncorroborated, and objectively unbelievable,” the lawsuit alleges. “Defendant Correa conducted a cursory investigation, ignored numerous red flags, made no attempt to corroborate or clarify the allegations, and bullied and lied to Amy in a futile effort to force her to confess to a crime she did not commit, before arresting her with no probable cause to believe she had committed a crime.”
“People assume the police wouldn’t arrest someone for such a serious offense if they didn’t have a solid evidentiary basis to believe they committed the crime,” said attorney Jordan Marsh. “But that’s not always the case, and it certainly wasn’t here. And Amy Villarreal has been paying the price for that since her arrest.”
The lawsuit is pending in the United States District Court for the District of Nevada.
All inquiries should be directed to Law Office of Jordan Marsh.