Setting the record straight | Guest op

Overnight the media caught me by surprise. I am accused of being a child molester without the news media knowing the true background for the accusations.Here's the background:

One day, a few months after I moved into a home, I was stunned. I received a court summons. Parents had accused me of molesting their child, Kathy Carbaugh. A child, whom I did not know, except for the few times I saw her talking to my children in the front lawn.

I knew she was a neighbor but had not met her parents.

Information taken from Pierce County Superior Court: Case number 197989. The complaint reads: Kathleen Carbaugh, a minor, by her Guardian ad Litem, Philip Carbaugh vs. Cy Sun. They sued for damages in the amount of $10,000. I countersued for damages in the amount of $100,000. The court trial was held on June 21, 1972 at 9 a.m., with a 12-person jury.Trial Record: Quote, "The jury retired to the jury room to deliberate upon a verdict at 10:45 a.m.. The jury returned with the following verdict for the defendant on his counterclaim and against the plaintiff in the sum of $30,000. Jury was polled (10-2). Verdict was filed. Jury excused."

The plaintiff (Kathleen Carbaugh) took the case to the Court of Appeals of the State of Washington Division II.

"On the 30th day of October, 1972, the Court of Appeals ordered that the appeal is dismissed."

After the appeal was dismissed, Philip Carbaugh came to me, apologized and said he could not pay the court order of $30,000. He was unemployed for a year and had finally got a job, stocking American greetings cards.

I forfeited the award of $30,000 for $1, and moved away.

Cy Sun is mayor of the City of Pacific

Editor's note. A summary of the lawsuit can be found on Page 1 of the Aug. 10 edition of the Auburn Reporter.

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