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Atheist claims harassment by Polk sheriff
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Lakeland, Florida (AP) - A Florida atheist says Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd keeps having her arrested because she's not a Christian.

EllenBeth Wachs sued Judd Friday in federal court in Tampa, claiming her two recent arrests were retaliation for "assertion of (her) non-religious, atheist viewpoint in the predominantly Christian-oriented Polk County."

Wachs first tangled with Judd last winter after he uprooted the Polk County jail's basketball hoops and donated them to local churches. Her group claimed that was an unconstitutional use of public property.

Since then Judd's agency has charged her with minor crimes, including illegally posing as a lawyer, possession of marijuana and simulating sex sounds from inside her home within earshot of a neighbor's 10-year-old son.

Judd's spokeswoman declined to comment on pending litigation.

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