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Southeastern University Conference Commisioner Discusses Penn State's Freeh Report and Schools' Duties

Tremont Sheldon Robinson Mahoney saw this article in the Connecticut Post and thought it was very relevant to the mandated reporter laws in Connecticut.  Excerpts of the article are below: Southeastern  Conference Commissioner Mike  Slive said a recent report criticizing Penn State's handling of sexual abuse  allegations serves as a stark reminder to schools and athletic programs  nationwide that they can't let one individual "derail the soul of  an institution."
Slive briefly but pointedly  referenced last week's report by a special investigator in his opening address  at SEC media days Tuesday. "We must maintain an honest and  open dialogue across all levels of university administration," Slive said.  "There must be an effective system of checks and balances within the  administrative structure to protect all who come in contact with it, especially  those who cannot protect themselves.

Report Slams Penn State's 'Total Disregard' in Sandusky Case

Senior Penn State administrators exhibited a "total disregard for the safety and welfare'' of the children who were sexually abused by former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, according to an internal investigation of the university. "The most powerful men at Penn State failed to take any steps for 14 years to protect the children who Sandusky victimized,'' the investigation concluded. It cited former Penn State University president Graham Spanier, former vice president Gary Schultz, former head football coach Joe Paterno and Athletic Director Tim Curley, now on leave, as never demonstrating "through actions or words, any concern for the safety and well-being of Sandusky's victims until after Sandusky's arrest." The 267-page report by former FBI director Louis Freeh comes less than three weeks after Sandusky was convicted of 45 counts of child sexual abuse involving 10 victims during a span of 15 years. Sandusky remains in a central Pennsylvania county jail awaiting formal sentencing.

Waterford Priest Pleads Not Guilty In Child Porn Case

A Waterford priest charged last week with first-degree possession of child pornography pleaded not guilty to the charge Monday during a brief hearing in Superior Court.

Waterford Priest Charged With Having Child Pornography

Investigators say that when they knocked on the rectory door of St. Paul Parish last week, search warrant in hand, the priest there quickly gave up a secret.

Ex-Peace Corps Worker From Connecticut To Plead Guilty In Sex Assault Case

A former Peace Corps volunteer charged last year with sexually abusing young girls while serving in South Africa plans to plead guilty in Connecticut, authorities told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

Stonington Connecticut Pediatrician Pleads Guilty in Child Porn Case

A pediatrician who lived and worked in Stonington, Connecticut  pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to charges of receiving and distributing child pornography, authorities said.

'The Sandusky 8' Describe Seduction, Molestation and Betrayal

Below is an article that appeared in CNN.com describing the sexual abuse victims of Jerry Sandusky and their struggles.  It took these victims a tremendous amount of courage and fortitude to come forward.  Their stories are very familar to other victims of sexual abuse and we applaud their courage.  By coming forward and speaking out, they will help other victims of sexual abuse and possibly prevent other children from becoming victims.  Their stories are below as reported to CNN. The words came haltingly, punctuated by ragged sighs, groans and cracking voices as two teenage boys just days out of high school bared their darkest secrets to a packed courtroom. One sat up straight, bit his lower lip and then seemed to break down, his slender frame wracked by sobs as he buried his head in his hands. Two days later, the other cracked his knuckles and fidgeted. His childish "yeahs" and the eye patch he wore over an injury made him seem younger than his years, more vulnerable.

Teacher Abuse and Consequences

The following is an excerpt from Andrea Peyser's column in the NY Post. Last week there were 2 major teacher/student sexual abuse situations that were brought to the public's attention.  Many times female teacher abuse is overlooked or the public perceives it in a different way.  Any teacher/student abuse is wrong and the victims suffer their entire lifetime. The other situation shows that a predator could have been stopped in the 1990s with video tape evidence; however, he was allowed to teach at a different school and is now under investigation for inappropriate contact with a 9 year old. ....... The past week will go down as a depraved chapter in public-school history. It's the week of Teachers Gone Wild -- and cruel. ...... But topping the list of deviant educators is one Thomas Gibbons, a violent pedophile I've written about for more than a decade.  On Friday, Gibbons, 59, was arrested for allegedly having sexual contact with a 9-year-old New Jersey relative while visiting the child's family between January 2010 and 2011. Would it surprise you to learn that Gibbons -- a tenured New York City special-ed teacher -- was once arrested for allegedly grabbing a student by the hair inside William H. Taft HS in The Bronx, slamming her against a wall and holding a gun to her chest?  He was mad that the child tried to break off a sexual relationship that began when she was 15. Guess what. He's still teaching!

Vatican Eyes Legion Priests On Abuse

The Vatican is investigating seven priests from the troubled Legion of Christ religious order for alleged sexual abuse of minors and another two for other alleged crimes.

Tremont Sheldon Robinson Mahoney Continues to Represent Victims - Recent Cases Update

For the past 20 years, Tremont Sheldon Robinson Mahoney has been devoted to representing the interests of individuals who were sexually abused, sexually assaulted, and sexually exploited when they were children. Over the years, we have successfully represented hundreds of childhood survivors in cases against religious institutions, hospitals, school systems, and individual perpetrators. We remain committed to this area of the law and we continue to actively represent survivors of these heinous acts. Here are a few recent updates: Dr. George Reardon/St. Francis Hospital In July of 2011, the jury in the Tim Doe v. St. Francis Hospital matter returned a verdict in the amount of $2.75 million. As expected, the Hospital appealed.  What was unexpected was that the Supreme Court transferred the appeal to itself and entered orders to allow for an expedited argument.   The briefing has been completed and the Court will hear argument on April 26, 2012. Teacher Abuse In March of 2012, a Superior Court judge in the Jane Doe v. Westport Board of Education matter ruled that a local Board of Education cannot use the shield of government immunity to protect it against a lawsuit by our client, a young woman, who claims she was sexually assaulted by her high school teacher.

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