Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer

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DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio sheriff's detective fired for sending what the sheriff said were racially charged cell phone texts has sued the sheriff and others, alleging invasion of privacy and other violations.

Former Detective Michael Sollenberger filed the lawsuit Friday in a county court in Dayton. The lawsuit against Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer and others also alleges unauthorized use of property and unlawful search and seizure.

Messages seeking comment were left at the sheriff's office.

Greene County Sheriff's Major Eric Spicer has retained a lawyer to challenge his recent termination. Spicer was relieved of his duties following an internal investigation related to a July 2013 police standoff with a Yellow Springs resident.

Spicer has been on paid administrative leave since the July 2013 officer-involved shooting that left Paul E. Schenck dead.