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Connecticut allegedly leaves children in care of sex offender

The Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF) is the arm of the state that is supposed to protect children who are not being taken care of properly by others. It is generally the organization that investigates abuse claims and makes determinations of where children with no other place to go should be placed, whether that is in an institutional setting, with relatives or a foster home. As with these agencies in many other states, however, there is a lack of funding and large caseloads, which make it almost inevitable that mistakes will happen. That is what a recent report claims happened to two children in Willimantic, Connecticut.

Two Bishops Covered Up Sexual Abuse of Children in Pennsylvania

A Grand Jury report released today reveals that two bishops helped cover up the abuse of hundreds of children by some 50 priests in the central Pennsylvania diocese of Altoona-Johnstown. The report finds that Bishops James Hogan and Joseph Adamec were involved in a scheme that involved transferring priests after they had been accused of sexually abusing children and in some cases threatening the victims with excommunication. Criminal charges are not being filed in part due to the length of time that has elapsed and the death of persons involved. The report revealed that the Diocese would use a "pay out chart" to determine the amount of money to be given to victims.

Tremont Sheldon Robinson Mahoney congratulates the movie Spotlight on its best picture Oscar

"This film gave a voice to survivors, and this Oscar amplifies that voice which we hope will become a choir that will resonate all the way to the Vatican," said producer Michael Sugar onstage receiving the best picture Oscar. "Pope Francis, it is time to protect the children and restore the faith."

New London Doctor's License Suspended; Faces Sex Assault Charges in Wisconsin

Dr. Wilton Calderon, formerly practicing medicine with the Lawrence and Memorial Medical Group in New London, CT, has been criminally charged with sexual assault of at least seven female patients. The charges stem from Dr. Calderon's work as a family practitioner in Wisconsin where he had practiced before coming to Connecticut. Dr. Calderon's Connecticut medical license has now been suspended.

Is there a time-limit on filing a civil suit for child sex abuse?

Some Connecticut residents may have heard of the term "statute of limitations." These laws place a time limit on taking a certain legal action. Some individuals may have heard about statutes of limitations in the context of the state bringing a criminal prosecution against an alleged perpetrator of a crime. What people may not know is that there are sometimes limitations on the filing of civil suits for the recovery of damages.

Florida State University has agreed to pay a former student

Florida State University has agreed to pay a former student at the school $950,000.00 as settlement of her claim against the University. The student claims that she was raped by Jameis Winston in 2012 and that Florida State did not properly investigate her claim when she brought it to the school's attention.

Sexual Abuse Scandal at Rhode Island Boarding School

The St. Georges School of Middletown Rhode Island is being accused of not protecting boarding school students in the 1980s from sexual assault by other students or teachers. Many Connecticut residents have attended the prestigious boarding school. To date, over 40 victims have come forward and many more are expected. Tremont Sheldon Robinson Mahoney continues the fight for all sexual abuse victims including those at schools, medical facilities, and religious institutions. 

Everone's favorite teacher' violated state code of ethics in sex assault case

People need to know that state and district policies forbid teachers from spending alone time with students off site. The Bethel school board needs to do a better job enforcing these policies including making teachers and students aware of them.

Sexual abuse suit; CT school and then-headmaster under scrutiny

When a victim of abuse comes forward, those accused of the crime not only face criminal charges but could also endure civil actions. Victims of sexual abuse are able to hold a perpetrator accountable for the crimes committed and the damages they caused to the victim.

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