A Tigard man is suing his ex-girlfriend for allegedly narcing him out on a marijuana grow.
In a lawsuit filed March 8 in Multnomah County Circuit Court, Tyler Goecks claims after he broke up with Melanie Talbert of Southwest Portland, she "plotted a scheme to extract revenge."
The suit says sometime around January 2009, Talbert entered Goecks' house, and "without his permission she took photographs of marijuana plants growing in his garage." Sometime around April 2009, the suit says, Talbert entered Goecks' house without permission and accessed his email and other personal information from his computers.
Then the allegations really become interesting.
In October 2009, Talbert "recruited a young woman, Sereana Van Meter, to further her scheme," according to the suit. The suit says Talbert posted a profile of Van Meter in an online dating service Goecks used. When Goecks contacted her and arranged a date, Van Meter "persuaded" Goecks to go to a strip club, the suit says.
The lawsuit says the date was intended to get Goecks "out of his house long enough so that [Talbert] could enter [Goecks'] house without his permission and take photos of private matters in his residence." The suit does not elaborate.
And Talbert, 43, and Goecks, 32, both declined to comment.
Around November and December 2009, the suit says, Talbert entered Goecks' house at least three times without his permission. She took photos of pot plants and "stole" a motorcycle she had given to Goecks when they were still in a relationship, the suit says.
Talbert and Van Meter went to police with the photos of the marijuana plants, the suit says. Police obtained a search warrant and raided Goecks' home, where they found 29 plants and two pounds of packaged weed, according to a press release from the Tigard Police Department.
According to The Times of Tigard, Goecks had previously been arrested in 2007 for a marijuana grow and possession of ecstasy. But that case appears to have been expunged from the state courts database. In the 2009 bust, Goecks was convicted of manufacturing marijuana, delivering marijuana and possessing marijuana. He was sentenced to one day in jail and three years of probation.
The lawsuit, filed by Portland lawyer Thomas Coan, seeks:
• $20,000 for trespassing
• $20,000 for trespass to chattels
• $10,000 for conversion
• $50,000 for invasion of privacy
• $315,000 for publication of private facts and
• $315,000 for intentional infliction of emotional distress.