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Man Cleared in Benton Co. of Charges

By Emily Cassulo
By ecassulo@wbbjtv.com

BENTON COUNTY, Tenn. - Charges have been dropped against a man in Benton County accused of throwing a party last summer, where several teens got drunk.

On Friday, Dan Holloran invited WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News to the property where last June, deputies said he threw a party where more than 100 people gathered, some of them minors.

He was charged with resisting arrest, assaulting officers and contributing to minors.

His attorney said when Holloran went to court, the only charge brought against him was contributing to a minor, and that charge was dismissed for lack of probable cause.

Now he is filing a lawsuit against the sheriff's department, claiming his civil rights were violated. He said deputies came onto his property without a warrant, and assaulted him, cracking his collar bone.

"I think it's terrible for law enforcement to break into a citizen's locked home, and do the physical and emotional mental damage that they did to me, just because they wear a badge and strap a gun to their side," Holloran said.

Benton County Sheriff Tony King could not say much on the case because of the lawsuit, but did confirm the charges were dismissed in court.

No trial date has been set.