Cop Wins Defamation Suit Against Woman Who Claimed He Sexually Assaulted Her

Marsha Baldwin was ordered to pay over $131,000 for her false allegations against Lilburn Police Officer Andy Blimline.

Lilburn, GA – A veteran Lilburn police officer has been awarded over $131,000 from a female suspect who falsely accused him of sexually assaulting her during a traffic stop.

Lilburn Police Officer Andy Blimline pulled Marsha Baldwin over for driving with an expired registration in September of 2016, Law.com reported.

During the course of the stop, the officer learned that Baldwin’s registration was actually suspended.

“He went ahead and called the tow truck and asked her to get out of the car and told her she was being arrested for suspended registration,” Officer Blimline’s attorney, Molly Gillis, told Law.com. “She was not happy, obviously.”

The officer conducted a “brief pat-down – not a full-body pat-down – checked her waistband for weapons, and put her in the [patrol] car,” Gillis explained.

Another officer later placed her in handcuffs before she was transported to jail.

Approximately one week later, Officer Blimline learned that Baldwin had contacted the Lilburn Police Department (LPD) and accused him of sexually assaulting her during the stop.

Baldwin claimed that Officer Blimline touched her “between her inner buttocks and thighs, between and underneath her breasts, and in her vaginal area” while she was standing in front of his patrol unit, Law.com reported.

“[That] would be a sexual battery in Georgia, which would require someone to a lifetime reporting under the Sex Offender Act” if Officer Blimline had been charged and convicted, Lance LoRusso, another attorney for the officer, told WXIA.

Lilburn police immediately uploaded bodycam and dashcam footage of Baldwin’s arrest and contacted the Georgia Bureau of Investigations (GBI) to look into the allegations, Law.com reported.

Despite Baldwin’s claim that the alleged sexual assault took place in front of the officer’s patrol vehicle, the dashcam footage showed no evidence that any of her allegations were true.

Baldwin then changed her story.

First, she accused the LPD of altering or deleting footage of the supposed assault.

A GBI forensics expert determined that the footage had not been tampered with, Law.com reported.

Baldwin then alleged that the supposed assault occurred on the side of the car, and claimed that the bodycam footage must have been tampered with since it showed no evidence to corroborate her story.

The GBI forensics expert determined that the bodycam footage had also not been altered.

Investigators concluded that Baldwin was lying about the supposed assault, and she was ultimately indicted on misdemeanor charges of falsely reporting a crime and making false statements to police, Law.com reported.

Officer Blimline filed a defamation lawsuit against Baldwin in September of 2017.

“[Baldwin] didn’t do herself any favors at trial,” Gillis told Law.com. “She showed no remorse. She was the opposite of apologetic.”

Gwinnett County Chief State Court Judge Pamela South ultimately awarded Officer Blimline a total of $131,424, which included $34,434 in attorney’s fees, $25,000 in punitive damages, and $72,000 in damages, Law.com reported.

Despite the financial compensation, “the damage to his reputation was very hard to measure,” Gillis noted.

LoRusso said that Baldwin’s lies have the potential to follow Officer Blimline around for the rest of his life.

“It can be a career killer when they’ve done absolutely nothing wrong,” the attorney told WXIA. “These are the types of allegations that make people hang it up. We have had officers who have had false allegations against them and then they or their spouses have said ‘we’re done.’”

Officer Blimline remained on the force, and is now a Gwinnett County Public Schools safety officer, Law.com reported.

According to the LPD’s official Facebook page, he has served as a law enforcement officer for the past 15 years.

The officer made headlines in 2014 when he discovered that a homeless man had walked 29 miles in single-digit temperatures in order to make it to court for his scheduled hearing, WDAF reported.

After the man’s hearing concluded, Officer Blimline spotted him putting his gloves on in preparation for his long walk back to the homeless shelter.

“I asked him, ‘Hey, did you find someone to come and pick you up?'” the officer told WDAF. “He said he didn’t have money for a cab, and I said, ‘Well let me pay for you.’ At first, he said no, but I told him I wouldn’t take no for an answer.”

Officer Blimline and several of his fellow officers pooled their money to pay for the man’s $80 cab fare.

“As he was getting in the cab, he said ‘God Bless You,’ and gave me a big hug,” Officer Blimline recalled.

In 2018, the Gwinnett County Chamber of Commerce honored Officer Blimline and Lilburn Police Investigator Cody Belcher with its Lifesaving Award after they heroically saved the life of a person who was struck by a train, the Gwinnett Daily Post reported.

The victim was still on the tracks when the officers arrived.

“[They] ran down the railroad tracks to find that the victim had both legs amputated just below the knee,” Nefertiti Jaquez said during the awards ceremony, according to the Gwinnett Daily Post. “While both officers were applying tourniquets to the victim’s severed legs, they kept not only themselves calm but continued to keep the victim calm as well.”

“Since there was no way to get a vehicle down the tracks, Officers Blimline and Belcher had to help the Gwinnett firemen and paramedics carry the young man a little over a quarter of a mile to an awaiting ambulance,” Jaquez explained.

The emergency room surgeon told investigators that the victim “would have died due to extensive blood loss” if Officer Blimline and his partner hadn’t applied the tourniquets so quickly, Jaquez said.

The misdemeanor charges against Baldwin are still pending, Law.com reported.

She faces up to $2,000 in fines and potential jail time if she is convicted.

Her attorney, Althea Prince, said she and Baldwin were “disappointed by the judgement,” and claimed they were also ““concerned about the impact it might have on persons who consider filing citizen complaints with a police department following troubling encounters with police officers on the street,” according to Law.com.

Comments (90)
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flybynight
flybynight

Good luck getting anything from that Booger's/lowcom welfare queen. 🙄

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

Ahh, the system works. Good to hear that someone is standing up to the false accusations, and the officer was successful in his attempt to not only clear his name but be awarded damages due to the false accusations from the criminal who was trying to get out of her arrest by lying.

Sworn to Serve
Sworn to Serve

Her attorney, Althea Prince, said she and Baldwin were “disappointed by the judgement,” and claimed they were also ““concerned about the impact it might have on persons who consider filing citizen complaints with a police department following troubling encounters with police officers on the street,”

Here's an idea, don't fu*king lie about it.....

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

Good lord! Just look at her! The only way anyone would sexually assault her is if she paid them! I feel sorry for the jury, who had to keep a straight face during the trial! I can see why they awarded him 6 figures, but where is an ugly bitch, with an attitude like that going to come up with any money?

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

Woohoo!! Finally!! A lying ghetto hoodrat gets her comeuppance!! But more women need to be charged and held accountable when they lie about sexual assault against anyone!!!

Vodkabreakfast
Vodkabreakfast

If that clumsy failure wants to project her fantasies, it would be a lot cheaper to call a phone-sex hotline. Moot point however; inasmuch as that approach would require at least a primitive grasp of quiet dignity and practicality. A bowl of cereal has more sexual appeal than the gravity-assault being arrested in the story.

Dr Shoe
Dr Shoe

Huh, for some reason I keep smelling a dumpster behind the Crab Shack while reading this story, weird eh?

LEO0301
LEO0301

Good! EVERY police officer unjustly accused needs to do the same thing. Eventually the word will get out...

tfort
tfort

First, he will never get a dime. I could see where she would have reasonable view of that happening in the moment. She was scared, adrenaline pumping, etc. She should have reviewed the camera footage and withdrew her complaint.

Gramercy
Gramercy

Halleluia! He may never get a cent, true, but at least for once the system sided with the police..and against the lying money-grubbers of our country..who think they can ALWAYS get something for their lies..and usually do!

Dmos1357
Dmos1357

I think this needs to start a trend.

I think every cop who is falsely accused should sue their accusers their accusers.

People have no trouble suing cops so it's time to turn the tables.

Steve326m
Steve326m

For the record, I truly believe if anyone is truly and truthfully assaulted sexual or otherwise, the perp should be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law. This case is an example of why many victims aren't believed. The scam artists dirty up the real true victims and many innocent ones get punished. Thank God the judge saw right through this POS. She was just looking for a ghetto payday. She not only showed no remorse but she actually doubled down and lost. I hope she does time in the pokey for this so others like her will hopefully be discouraged from copying her foolishness. I hope all true victims will come forward.

NomonK
NomonK

It will be a shame that he won't receive a penny in his settlement but one thing for sure. It reminds me of the last Presidential election, YOU LOST AND HE WON. She will always have a conviction on her record while HE WAS FOUND NOT GUILTY.

investigator
investigator

Potential jail time???????? She should DEFINITELY do some tome!!

Stanracer
Stanracer

This whole incident should never have happened in the first place. Why? Because the laws don't apply to black people, don't ya know! SARC

vwiles34
vwiles34

Since he'll never see a penny from this hood rat she should have to spend a day in jail for every hundred dollars until she's all paid up...lol

toughguy
toughguy

No word yet if Black Lies Matter is calling for police NOT to be allowed to wear body cameras...

5150
5150

I take one look at her and realize no one has ever even thought of sexually assaulting her. Yuck!

CinGuz
CinGuz

So happy this officer got justice. I really makes me furious when women make false claims, sexual assault or molestation, just to get a leg up. There are real victims out there who don't get justice because they are not believed. She should be in jail for filing a false police report.

61mouse
61mouse

Hell NEVER get the money .

61mouse
61mouse

Good thing he wasn't a cop in Chicago, California,or my

29Quench
29Quench

If lawsuits like this were undertaken, these FALSE accusations might stop. I hope they pursue all legal actions against this criminal woman.

beyondpissedoff
beyondpissedoff

Is there a "reverse" ghetto lottery?

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

She LIED. Time for every officer to start suing those who charge them with false allegations. Thank God for body/squad cams to prove he did nothing wrong.

pbm4jc
pbm4jc

Easy case. Who would ever want to assault a feral hog?

JLocke
JLocke

If she's likely a welfare queen BECAUSE she's black that would make him likely a Klan member BECAUSE he's white, wouldn't it?

MFLindsey
MFLindsey

Jury took one look at her and shouted, "Oh hell no!!!"

mrs.jennabbott
mrs.jennabbott

I wish every single public servant would file defamation suits against those that file false charges against them. Eventually it will be known that lying to get out of criminal charges won’t be tolerated. It maybe costly to to those that are doing their job justly but it would in the long run prevent liars from doing damage to those with a good name and good work ethic from filing false charges. Furthermore the liars should be charged to the fullest extent of the law if they have made false statements to police, when found guilty they should have to give in person speeches to no less then 10 high schools about lying to police and what happens criminally when one makes the decision to do so. Public servants have a job to do and when they have to spend their time defending themselves against false allegations it takes their attention away from the jobs they’re being paid to protect the public. That not only hurts the community but it also takes taxpayers money as it jams up the courts as well from trying true cases. There should be no room in communities for liars!!!! I’m glad this officer was vindicated !!!! Kudos to him!!!!

tuggingalong
tuggingalong

Now they’re attempting to bully and manipulate their way into getting paid via “the race card” and all of the injustice they’ve suffered due to white cops. It’s pathetic. Get an education and a job woman and I mean a legal job.

GLOCK_LAWMAN
GLOCK_LAWMAN

All Georgia assitance, all federal assistance to be cut off immediately. She can live with the trash on the street.

Louise S
Louise S

He should get an extra million for being brave enough to do a simple pat down on her...☻