Tuscaloosa Co. Sheriff Threatens Lawsuits Amid Rondini Investigation

May 17, 2018

Tuscaloosa County Sheriff Ron Abernathy
Credit Tuscaloosa County

The sheriff of Tuscaloosa County is threatening legal action against social media commenters and others who have criticized his department over the suicide of a former student at the University of Alabama.

Tuscaloosa County Sheriff Ron Abernathy raised the possibility of legal action yesterday during a news conference to discuss the death of Megan Rondini and an investigation into her allegations of sexual assault.

Last year, Rondini's parents sued Abernathy, two investigators and others over their handling of Rondini's claims of sexual assault while attending Alabama in 2015. She killed herself in 2016.

Abernathy says a judge has now dismissed claims against him and his officers, and he says civil lawsuits are possible against people who have spread what he calls "slander" on social media. Abernathy isn't saying who specifically might be a target of any lawsuit.