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Dec 18, 2013 5:48 PM by Tina Macias

Couple still fighting to rebuild reputation

The owners of the now-defunct Pig Stand Restaurant in Ville Platte are still fighting to rebuild their reputations two years after they were cleared of sex abuse charges.

Barry and Marla Giglio now face a set back in their lawsuit against the state. A Third Circuit Court of Appeal opinion released today backs a district court's decision to remove the state Department of Child and Family Services from the suit. DCFS was one of several defendants in a lawsuit that claims wrongful arrest, slander and negligence.

The Giglios sued DCFS in the wrong court, and now too much time has passed for the claims against DCFS to go forward, the appellate court says in its opinion.

The Giglios were among eight adults accused of raping three girls in 2011, but later cleared of those charges with a grand jury refused to indict them on the charges. The Giglios then filed suit in St. Landry Parish that alleged DCFS and the Department of of Public Safety "negligently investigated the claims made by the minor children against them and/or knew or should have known the accusations were false," according to court documents.

They also suit also accuses libel and slander on the part of the girls' foster parents and a woman who led a protest. The lawsuit is still pending in district court.

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