This past weekend in the Washington Post an Op Ed was written about former House Speaker Hastert being sentenced for sexual abuse of a boy he was coaching years prior. The abuse was revealed when a banker found odd transactions out of Hastert's bank account and it was found to be "hush money". The article not only touches on the case, but the psychology of the perpetrator. The article states "Child molesters are a patient lot. A 2015 study on offenders in youth organizations found that more than half joined specifically to gain access to children. In no rush to achieve their goal, they are willing to spend months working their way into the fabric of a child's life. Constantly proving "nice-guyness" is essential to abusers." It also tells of the agony of victims and why it is important to have a longer statute of limitations for victims to come forward. The statute not only helps victims, but also stops perpetrators as they can go on for decades. To read more click here.
The emergency manager and EMS coordinator at Bridgeport Hospital was arrested April 8, 2016 after being accused of sexually assaulting four male patients and secretly photographing at least a dozen others while performing unauthorized medical examinations at the hospital's nursing school. Tremont Sheldon Robinson Mahoney has represented many victims of patient sexual abuse through the years.
The New Haven Register and WTNH have conducted a joint investigation into the apparent rise of CT teachers engaging in sexual conduct with children who are their students. According to the article 48 public school teachers in CT have been charged as have an additional 10 private school teachers. From Tuesday to Friday of this week, at least one teacher is scheduled to appear in court each week! Tremont Sheldon Robinson Mahoney has for years represented those people who were sexually abused by their teachers in both the public and private school setting.
Matthew Madden, 22, of New York City has been charged with having inappropriate sexual relationships with minors. At the time of the alleged inappropriate contact, Madden was employed by Sabrina's Encore Productions of Newtown, CT as its theater coach and director. It is alleged that on several occasions, Madden engaged in sexual acts with the girls.
Currently there are seven plaintiffs who are seeking to consolidate their cases against Robert Martinez, a gym teacher at Rogers Elementary School in Stamford, Connecticut in 1970s and 1980s. All seven men are represented by Tremont Sheldon Robinson Mahoney. All the plaintiffs claim to have been abused when they were in fourth, fifth or sixth grade at Rogers Elementary which at the time was on Lockwood Avenue. This case has several similarities to the priest cases that the firm handles, said attorney Cindy Robinson, a partner in the firm."From the victims' standpoint it's very similar because it involves a person in a position of trust, who is put on a pedestal, respected, a role model to children," Robinson said. "And then this happens."
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.
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.
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.
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.