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February 19--  There is insufficient evidence to prosecute a Lyons businessman on criminal charges in a case initiated by a civil suit.

Michael Grimes of Lyons was sued in November, 2012 by three of his former female employees at Thriftway Foods.  Chelsea White, Skylar Moore and Jessica Beasley alleged they were subjected to inappropriate sexual conduct.

According to court records in the case, Lyons Police Chief Wesley Walker informed lawyers in the case last summer that his department concluded its criminal investigation and turned the case over to the Middle Judicial Circuit District Attorney who declined to prosecute because of insufficient evidence in the case.

Meanwhile, the civil case is still active under Georgia's Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act.

Lawyers for Grimes have told the court the women have no cause for the civil suit and Grimes has denied any wrongdoing since the case was filed 15 months ago.

The next hearing in the case is scheduled for March 14 before Chief Judge Kathy Palmer in Toombs County Superior Court. 

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