Tremont Sheldon Robinson Mahoney P.C. Menu Contact

Sexual Abuse Archives

What are my legal options if I was sexually abused?

The topic of sexual abuse is difficult to talk about, but victims of sexual abuse must know that resources are available to them, and that they are not alone. According to the Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services, nearly 20 percent of girls and about seven percent of boys have been victims of child sexual abuse. Furthermore, about 14 percent of Connecticut residents likely experienced some kind of childhood sexual assault. Presently, an estimated 40 million childhood sexual abuse survivors live in the US.

Trial Opens In Glastonbury Connecticut Foster Parent's Sexual Assault Case

This recent article in the Hartford Courant highlights an interesting trial going on.  The defendant is accused of sexually assaulting a child who he adopted through the Department of Children and Family Services.  Rather than try the case before a jury, the defendant has chosen to allow the judge to decide his guilt or innocence. The article is below.   HARTFORD -- A trial began Tuesday for one of two men accused of sexually assaulting boys they adopted through the state Department of Children and Families, with his accuser describing physical and sexual abuse he said he endured from both men over several years. The state had sought to try George Harasz, 51, and Douglas Wirth, 46, together, but their defense attorneys objected and convinced Hartford Superior Court Judge Julia D. Dewey to hold separate trials. Both also waived their right to a jury trial and opted to have Dewey hear the evidence against them and render a verdict. Wirth's trial is first. But before testimony began, Wirth's lawyer, Michael Dwyer of Middletown, tried to get the judge to admit medical reports that he contends are evidence of the accuser's propensity to lie and exaggerate. Dwyer argued that the accuser's competency to tell the truth was at issue. Dewey responded that competence related only to whether the accuser could understand the obligation of his oath to tell the truth. The credibility of his testimony would be a matter for her to determine, after hearing his testimony as well as cross-examination, she said.

New York Dance Instructor Sexually Assaulted Connecticut Dance Student

A New York dance instructor who has worked with nationally known artists was arrested Tuesday after police said he sexually assaulted a 13-year-old student. Police said Johnny Sadowski also texted the girl photos of his private parts. Sadowski, 26, of Euclid Avenue, Fairfield, was charged with fourth-degree sexual assault, risk of injury to a minor and using a computer to entice a minor to engage in sexual activity.

Rocky Hill Connecticut Boy Scout Leader Sentenced to Prison for Sexual Contact with Boys

A Rocky Hill father, former pilot and Boy Scout leader was sentenced to eight years in prison Monday for having sexual contact with two boys. "You are, in fact, guilty of a heinous crime," Judge Arthur Hadden told Mark Alexander, 36. "You have to pay the price of that." He sentenced Alexander to eight years in prison, followed by eight years of special parole, as Alexander's wife, Francesca, wept. Alexander had previously pleaded no contest to charges of first-degree illegal possession of child pornography and risk of injury to a minor.

Church sexual abuse scandal garners national attention

Many Connecticut residents will agree that public faith and trust in institutions such as a church are shaken and lost when accusations of child sexual abuse are made against priests. Such incidents are harrowing to read about, and likely scar not only the community where they occur but also individuals and families directly impacted by it. Sadly, cases of child sexual abuse can happen anywhere. But victims of sexual abuse can file a civil action against perpetrators to get justice.

Coach Abuse

Attorney Cindy Robinson discusses the rise in sexual abuse and what parents should do to protect their children.

Erin's Law Teaches Kids to Fight Being Lifelong Victims

One law can rescue people from the spiral of self-hatred that adds them to the growing pile of prisoners in the country's correctional facilities. And at the close of the Connecticut General Assembly's most recent session in May, our legislators passed that law, perhaps without fully understanding that it is the most comprehensive anti-crime law that Connecticut's citizens have seen in a long time. It's headed to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's desk and he should sign it into law.
They call this law "Erin's Law" after Erin Merryn, its champion. Merryn is a sexual abuse survivor from Illinois who noted that her elementary school's drills -- tornado, bus, stop-drop-and-roll for fires and DARE's eight ways to say no to drugs -- never included any training on how to escape a child molester or explained how to discern the difference between good and bad touches, or how to find a trusted adult to report abuse. Merryn could roll her way out of a burning bus during a tornado, but she had no idea how to stop two separate perpetrators from raping her before she turned 13.

Monroe Connecticut Piano Teacher Charged With Sexual Assault

 A 68-year-old piano teacher was charged with sexual assault on Tuesday for allegedly touching students inappropriately during lessons, police said.

West Haven Connecticut School Bus Driver Repeatedly Sexually Assaulted Student On Bus, Police Say

 A school bus driver who is charged with sexually assaulting a student on a school bus told the student not to say anything or "I'll go to jail," police said Tuesday. Alan Demand, 51, of Fowler Street in New Haven, assaulted the student "numerous times" and carried on an illegal sexual relationship until the student reported the assaults to a school resource officer, they said. The student was between the ages of 13 and 15 at the time, Sgt. David Tammaro said. Demand was charged with two counts of second-degree sexual assault, one count of illegal sexual contact and one count of second-degree unlawful restraint. He was in custody on $50,000 bail Tuesday morning, police said, and was scheduled to appear in Superior Court in Milford for an arraignment later in the day. According to police, Demand assaulted the student between October and December. He also talked to the student several times on a cell phone and at one point texted a picture -- which police described as "sexual" -- along with instructions: "Please don't tell your mom anything else cause I'll go to Jail." Police didn't say whether the student is a boy or a girl. Detectives from the department's Special Victims Unit made the arrest, police said. Demand worked for Winkle Bus Company. Hugh Keefe, who represents the company, said it suspended Demand as soon as it learned of the allegations. He has not been fired; he must be presumed innocent until proven guilty, Keefe said. The bus company has "an excellent safety record and never had a driver charged with anything like this in the past," Keefe said. Demand has no recent arrests or convictions on his record, according to judicial branch records. According to his online resume, he also has driven school buses in Bridgeport and North Haven and has been a shuttle driver in New Haven. He has driven elderly passengers as well as students, the resume says. He has been known to maintain order during trips "in order to ensure safety measures," it says. It also says he has "Exceptional Interpersonal Skills." reported by AP and CT news

Free Consultation

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Contact

Tremont Sheldon Robinson Mahoney P.C.
64 Lyon Terrace
Bridgeport, CT 06604

Toll Free: 877-335-5145
Phone: 203-212-9075
Fax: 203-366-8503
Map & Directions

Review Us