Woman Sues Former Nez Perce Lawmaker Over Tamarack Attack

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Michael Grow, 50, pleaded guilty to unlawful entry, stalking and battery.
  • Michael Grow, 50, pleaded guilty to unlawful entry, stalking and battery.

Voters tossed him out of office, he was sent to jail, and now a former Nez Perce County commissioner is being sued by the woman who said he attacked her at the Tamarack Resort in Valley County.

Valley County prosecutors said 50-year-old Michael Grow had been staying at a private home at the Tamarack Resort in April 2011 with a woman and her husband, and that Grow had attempted sexual contact with the woman when the husband wasn't home. Prosecutors said Grow fled the home, leaving his undergarments behind, when the husband returned.

Grow pleaded guilty in December 2012 to three misdemeanor offenses of unlawful entry, stalking and battery. After spending some time in the Valley County Jail, he was transferred to the Nez Perce County lockup in February so that he could be closer to his home.

Grow lost his seat on the Nez Perce County Commission in a May 2012 primary while he was still fighting the charges.

And now, this morning's Lewiston Tribune reports that the woman has filed suit against Grow in Idaho's 4th District Court. She's seeking a jury trial for physical and emotional damages.

Grow's attorney—who also happens to be his brother—says Michael Grow denies the allegation and "looks forward to the opportunity to finally defend against this."