Therapist sues Kach for defamation

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The mental health therapist who treated Tanya Kach after she was held captive for 10 years by her school security guard filed a civil lawsuit on Friday alleging defamation stemming from a book she wrote.

The lawsuit filed by Janice Pope names as defendants Ms. Kach, her attorney Lawrence H. Fisher and the publisher of "Memoir of a Milk Carton Kid," Tate Publishing & Enterprises.

Ms. Pope alleges that Ms. Kach included a number of defamatory statements in her book released last year, including alleging that Ms. Pope only befriended the young woman in hopes of cashing in on a federal civil suit filed in the case. That suit was later dismissed at summary judgment.

Ms. Pope's complaint also includes claims of invasion of privacy and intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress.

Ms. Kach went missing in 1996 and was held captive by Thomas Hose, a former security guard at Cornell Middle School in McKeesport, in his parents' home until 2006, when she walked into a local market and confided in a couple who she was.

Hose pleaded guilty in 2007 to involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and was sentenced to five to 15 years in prison.

Mr. Fisher said he doesn't have respect for Ms. Pope undertaking the lawsuit.

"What Janice Pope is complaining about are the opinions expressed in that book about her being greedy and glory seeking, and I think her lawsuit proves those opinions to be true," Mr. Fisher said.

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