The mother of Audrie Pott, the teen who killed herself after an alleged sexual assault at a party last year, has filed for a domestic violence restraining order against a man but neither showed at a court hearing in San Jose Friday.
Sheila Pott, Audrie's biological mother, filed the civil claim in Santa Clara County Superior Court against Stewart Reichardt on March 28 and a hearing was set for this morning in Family Court downtown, according to court records.
During a brief hearing at the courthouse at 170 Park Ave., court Commissioner Christine Copeland postponed the case due to lack of proof that Reichardt had been served with papers notifying him of the hearing.
The commissioner said that restraining orders may direct the personal conduct of a person, require the person to refrain from contacting the petitioner or be ordered to stay away and not come within 300 yards of them for up to five years.
The claim filed by Sheila Pott asks for a restraining order against Reichardt, according to a court clerk.
Pott's San Jose attorney, Sarah Hammerstad, could not be reached for comment this morning.
Sheila Pott, her former husband Larry Pott and his current wife Lisa Pott, filed an unrelated lawsuit April 15 against three 16-year-old boys and other defendants seven months after Audrie's suicide last September.
The wrongful death suit alleged the boys sexually assaulted the 15-year-old Audrie, wrote messages on her body while she was unconscious at a Sept. 2 party and took photos of her that they showed to students at Saratoga High School.
The suit, which claims the incident drove Audrie to suicide days later, also names two adults who owned the Saratoga home where Audrie was allegedly assaulted and dozens of other unnamed individuals.
That suit is asking for damages in excess of $25,000 from the three juveniles and other defendants for defamation, invasion of privacy, false imprisonment, battery, sexual battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress and conspiracy.
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