Hospitals are places where the sick go to heal and get better. No one expects to be a victim of a sexual assault while they are ill and in a vulnerable state. Our Bridgeport, Connecticut, residents may find it alarming to learn that recently, a former patient at St. Vincent's Medical Center in Bridgeport has filed a civil lawsuit against the hospital. According to the lawsuit, the former patient is alleging that a nursing assistant employed by the hospital sexually assaulted him during his stay at the hospital. He is seeking nearly $25 million in damages.
Another teacher at Staples High School in Westport, CT has been arrested for inappropriate conduct with a minor student. Previously, in 2008, Tremont Sheldon Robinson Mahoney filed suit against the Westport Board of Education and Superintendent Elliot Landon for the sexual assault of a student by her Staples High School English Teacher. That matter was settled shortly after Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis ruled that the Town of Westport couldn't use the shield of government immunity instead concluding that the young victim presented evidence showing sufficient facts that the sex abuse by her teacher was a foreseeable risk created by school officials' negligent conduct.
Most of us know an elderly family member or friend. However, despite knowing an elderly person, most people likely are not aware of what elder abuse is and the statistics surrounding it. Connecticut residents may find it interesting to learn that according to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2010, persons aged 90 and above were estimated to number around two million.
3 patients have now been confirmed to be abused by accused serial molester Gonzalo Flores a nurses aide at St. Vincent's Medical Center in Bridgeport, Connecticut. After his arrest and interview with police, there are thought to be many more victims.
In the past 2 days, both Stamford High School and Fairfield Ludlowe High School were exposed for a teacher and a coach having inappropriate relationships with students.
Our Connecticut residents have likely heard or read about the recent sexual abuse accusations a couple of women have brought against comedian Bill Cosby. According to media reports a woman, now a journalist and publicist, who met the comedian in 1969 indicated that Cosby had sexually assaulted her nearly 45 years ago when she was only 19-years-old.
Teacher and professors are generally held in high esteem, serve as role models and typically students look up to them, trust them and seek guidance from them. Thus, when the trusted and respected teacher-student bond is violated or broken the consequences on the community and the person are devastating. Connecticut residents may find it interesting to learn that in July 2014 a 36-year-old English teacher and former Southern Connecticut State University adjunct professor was arrested and charged with second degree sexual assault of a 17-year-old girl.
Recently there has been a great deal of writing in the popular press about the problem of sexual assault at the University of Connecticut. Last week, police arrested Geoffrey Justin Gillette, a former teaching assistant and coach at E. O. Smith High School in nearby Mansfield, CT. Mr. Gillette, who coached football and track, is accused of having sexual relations with three different students at E. O. Smith High School. It is alleged that he had sex with the girls at his parents' home in Coventry, his apartment in Hampton, and in his motor vehicle.
David Kress of Thompson Connecticut has been charged with sexually abusing children who were boy scouts. Mr. Thompson, who was a troop leader, has been released on a $100,000 bond.
Tremont Sheldon Robinson Mahoney filed a lawsuit against an Episcopal Church Youth group leader in Milford, Connecticut on the behalf of Jane Doe. In approximately 2007 , Jane Doe, was a minor when she was sexually assaulted by Jesse Osmun. At the time Osmun assaulted Jane, he was working as the adult advisor to a youth group at St. Peter's Church in Milford, CT. The youth group was called the Kenyan Project, and Jane was a participant in that program. Jesse Osmun sexually assaulted Jane on the premises of St. Peter's Church, an Episcopal parish in Milford, CT.