[UPDATE] Leon Co. Commissioner Vice Chair Target of Civil Lawsuit

By: Eyewitness News Email
By: Eyewitness News Email

[UPDATE] 4-19 2:30pm -

The court has dismissed a case against Leon County Commissioner Akin Akinyemi. A woman under the name of "Jane Doe" filed a civil suit against Akin Akinyemi in 2010, claiming "emotional distress" after she says she tested positive for herpes.

Commissioner Akin Akinyemi released this statement:

I am very pleased with the outcome of Monday’s court decision to dismiss the “Jane Doe” case against me. I am grateful that the system worked and the judge appropriately dismissed the lawsuit. From the onset of this allegation, I have maintained my innocence. I would like to thank my family for their unwavering support and the many people who have stood by me throughout this ordeal. This matter has been very hard on me personally, and for my family. I am happy to put this behind me and focus on my family and my public service."

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November 17, 2010 -

Just one day after being sworn in as Leon County Commission Vice Chairman, Akin Akinyemi is denying allegations he had an affair and gave the woman a sexually transmitted disease.

The woman says she had a sexual relationship with the commissioner that started in 2008 and contracted herpes from him.

Court documents show the woman filed the civil lawsuit under the name Jane Doe in August, and claims infliction of emotional distress from contracting herpes.

Through his attorney, Akinyemi says otherwise. "He's flatly denied the allegations and has confidence in the process. I have advised him that other than that statement, he should not make further statements," says, Akinyemi's Attorney Kelly Overstreet Johnson.

The unidentified woman's attorney stands by her accusations. "When she discovered she had the disease, it was easy for her track back to the only person that could have possibly given her the disease," says, Frank Myers.

Florida State Statute chapter 384. 24 says it is unlawful for any person with a sexually transmitted disease to have intercourse with anyone without informing them.

The woman's attorney would not confirm or deny if she pursed this criminally.

We checked with Tallahassee Police Department and the Leon County Sheriff's Office and officials there say they had no complaint or record of Jan Doe's allegations.

When asked what does Jane Doe want? Myers answered: "She's alleged that she has been damaged greater than the jurisdictional amount of $15,000. So she is seeking monetary compensation for her damages."


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