A man claiming to have been abused while a student at Rogers Elementary School in the 1970s has prompted a new review of police reports at the school going back three decades. "I asked the City Law Department to contact Stamford Police to see if there is any record of any report of abuse," said Stamford schools SuperintendentWinifred Hamilton earlier this week in response to an advertisement in The Advocate and posted on Facebook by a man looking for other people who may have been abused while attending Rogers during the 1970s and 1980s. Hamilton said she saw the ad and consulted with the schools' human resources and legal departments, and then decided to reach out to police. "First we're going to go through our legal counsel," she said. "We need to see the credence of this so we can act on it, then we'd all be involved." Hamilton, who has been with the district for decades, including as a teacher, said she has no information on the allegations. This is not the first time allegations of child abuse at the old Rogers School have been raised. In 2010, a woman gave police the name of three boys who were allegedly abused by a teacher at the school during the same period, said Police Sgt. Sean Scanlan. "We could not find anything to substantiate the allegations," Scanlan said Friday. Police talked to all three men, who denied being abused at the school, which today houses Domus Trail Blazers Academy, Scanlan said. The police also pulled the personnel file of the teacher accused of being involved and found no evidence of abuse in the 300-page file, Scanlan said. The teacher has since retired and moved out of state.Contacted by phone, he said he did not abuse any children and had never been accused of such a thing. He also said he was never contacted by investigators in 2010. ....... While it was a long time ago, Scanlan urged anyone with knowledge of an act of child sex abuse to report the crime. He said in serious cases of child abuse, perpetrators can still be charged and tried even decades later. "The clock doesn't start until the crime is reported," he said of crimes deemed particularly serious. According to the state Office of Legislative Research, there is no statute of limitations on first-degree sexual assault of a minor, employing minors in obscene performances or for aggravated sexual assault. For second-degree sexual assault of minors between the ages of 13 and 16 by a person three years or more older, the crime must be reported within five years of when it happened. For child sexual abuse, exploitation or assault, criminal prosecution can occur up to 30 years after the victim reaches the age of consent. ..... The man who took out the advertisement looking for others who may have been abused while at Rogers Elementary School said in a phone interview that he was 10 years old when he was kept after school and raped by a teacher at the school. He is now 44 years old, and blocked out the worst of the memories for years, but recently began to confront his past, he said. He hopes that by coming forward now he can expose a person who might have done this to others and could still be doing it to this day. It's not uncommon for victims of child abuse to not report the crime until later in life, according to a lawyer who has worked on similar cases. "Children don't come forward," said Cindy Robinson, a lawyer with the law firm Tremont and Sheldon in Bridgeport. "They blame themselves." Robinson's firm represented a victim abused by a doctor at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford, and won a $2.75 million judgment that was upheld by the state Supreme Court on Wednesday. It was a stroke of luck that helped Tremont and Sheldon win its client's case: a couple who bought the doctor's former home found a massive stash of child pornography in the wall in the basement of the house, which provided documentation of the abuse. The firm sued the hospital for failing to prevent Dr. George Reardon from abusing its client over a period of several years. The child porn found in the house helped win that case, and proved that Reardon, who died in 1998 without being charged with any crimes, abused hundreds of other victims. The hospital has settled dozens of other cases with Reardon's victims. Robinson is not part of the alleged Rogers Elementary School case, but she said there are similarities to the St. Francis case, such as looking at whether the school district had proper policies in place to guard against abuse. She said many people do come forward seeking to file criminal charges as adults only to find out, due to the nature of the crime committed against them, that the statue of limitations has run out. They are, however, allowed to pursue a civil action until they reach the age of 48, in the state of Connecticut. Robinson said taking out advertisements is fairly new for victims, but is a way advocates and lawyers can find other victims to corroborate abusive behavior. As reported in Stamford Advocate by Rob Varnon
The Connecticut Supreme Court affirms a $2.75 verdict for sex abuse against St. Francis Hospital. The plaintiff, known as Tim Doe 1 represented by Attorney Douglas Mahoney of Tremont Sheldon Robinson Mahoney, accused the hospital of negligent supervision of Reardon and failure in a duty to provide special care to children in its custody. The jury agreed with both his claims. At trial, a jury awarded on July 8, 2011 Tim Doe 1 $2.75 million for the emotional trauma he said he began suffering as a child when Reardon used a phony growth study at the hospital as a pretext to sexually abuse him, his sister and hundreds of other children. Click here to read the decision.
The following article was published in the CT Post. The statistics from the report are troubling. Bridgeport's Mayor Finch is launching his own investigation. The article follows: Just a few sex offenders are apparently responsible for the dramatic increase in the number of forcible rapes in the city reported by the FBI's Preliminary Annual Uniform Crime Report. The FBI statistics, released Monday, showed the number of reported cases of forcible rape had tripled here to 388 in 2012 from 116 in 2011. This number was also three times higher than the combined number of rapes reported in Hartford, New Haven, Stamford and Waterbury in 2012.
A Newtown man is facing sentencing for sexually assaulting a 4-year-old girl and taking photos and video of the abuse. Twenty-nine-year-old Edward Wilson is to be sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Hartford. He pleaded guilty in February to producing child pornography and faces 21 to 26 years in prison under federal sentencing guidelines.
On Saturday, April 27th, a Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event will be held in Fairfield, Connecticut at 9 am. The event will be benefit The Center of Women and Families of Eastern Fairfield County. At the end of the event Dawn Daniels mother of Jerry Sandusky's first victim along with his therapist will speak. Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® The International Men's March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault & Gender Violence is a project of Venture Humanity, Inc. a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit corporation. Men literally walk one mile in women's high heeled shoes to protest sexualized violence, educate their communities and raise money for chronically underfunded rape crisis centers, domestic violence shelters and other sexualized violence prevention and recovery services. The Center for Women and Families is a domestic violence and sexual assault agency. The Center provides free and confidential services to victims of Domestic Violence, Sexual Violence, and severe child sexual and/or physical abuse. Our services are offered to residents of Bridgeport, Easton, Fairfield, Monroe, Stratford, and Trumbull. REGISTRATION, START POINT, AND PARKING INFORMATION Registration opens at 8:30 AM. Please arrive no later than 8:50 AM. Start Point is at The Fairfield Train Station (165 Unquowa Road, Fairfield). FREE Parking is available at The Fairfield Train Station. EVENT SCHEDULE The Walk will start at approximately 9:00 AM at the Fairfield Train Station and ends at the Fairfield Town Hall on Old Post Road with a closing ceremony and refreshments to follow.
The following has been taking out of excerpts from several letters to the editor from different organizations around Fairfield County including The Center for Women and Families of Eastern Fairfield County, Family and Children's Aid and Women's Center of Greater Danbury. The news media provides us with daily reminders that child sexual abuse is real, and it happens close to home as evident by the recent allegations of the fencing coach in Fairfield, Connecticut or watching famous pitcher R.A. Dickey explain his childhood abuse on 60 Minutes. It is difficult to accept that sexual abuse is a problem in our community, but if we want it to stop, we have to acknowledge it, and we have to talk about it. Ending child sexual abuse is possible, but it will require all adults to educate themselves, have early and ongoing conversations with children, and model healthy behaviors. Child sexual abuse thrives in silence.
A 36-year-old man who coached Fairfield high schools' fencing team, and also coached the sport at Wakeman Boys & Girls Club, has been charged with sexually assaulting a female student at Fairfield Ludlowe High School last year. John Tejada, of Mixville Road in Cheshire, was arrested Thursday on a warrant charging him with second-degree sexual assault. The assault took place last year, police said, when Tejada was still coaching the fencing team comprising athletes from both Fairfield Ludlowe and Fairfield Warde high schools. He had been the team's coach since 2010, police said.
A family physician in Tolland who was active in the Boy Scouts and provided physical examinations to boys involved in teen-aged sports was sentenced to 51 months in prison Tuesday after being caught with one of the biggest child porn collection ever found in Connecticut. Federal prosecutors said Dr. Carl Koplin's pornography collection, which he made available to others across the Internet, was large enough to fill 170 DVDs. When compiling his obscene collection from film made available by others, prosecutors said, Koplin once found a pornographic photograph of a boy he had treated for depression. Rather than report the photograph, as physicians are required, prosecutors said Koplin deleted the image. "This defendant's appalling collection of child pornography was one of the largest that we have seen here in Connecticut,"
We saw this article written about author Barry Lopez and his book about his own childhood sexual abuse. We were really struct by the following quote from his NPR interview to explain why he wrote his book and why abuse victims are compelled to file lawsuits. "I had become impatient with the cast of newspaper articles that suggested that in the legal pursuit of pedophiles what young men and women were most interested in was winning a financial judgment or in punishing, seeking vengeance. And it struck me that that was the last thing, really, you'd be interested in as somebody who had been serially molested. What had been taken from you was a sense of self-worth and dignity, and the only way you can get those things back is in open, unjudged relationships with other people, and then you ... have a chance to develop again a sense of self-worth. ... So what you really want, in the simplest terms, is for somebody to believe what happened, to take you at face value and not to manipulate you in a courtroom, for example, to seek justice." Below please find the summary of Barry Lopez's interview on NPR with excerpts from his book Sliver of Sky.
The Catholic priest busted for allegedly dealing crystal meth was suspended after church officials discovered he was a cross-dresser who was having sex in the rectory at Bridgeport's St. Augustine Cathedral. Monsignor Kevin Wallin was relieved of his duties in May, but the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport had continued to pay him a stipend until his Jan. 3 arrest -- a day he was planning to fly to London on vacation. Now dubbed "Msgr. Meth" by some, Wallin seemed to live a life that easily could have been ripped from the script of "Breaking Bad," the popular AMC series about a high school chemistry teacher turned crystal methamphetamine producer. At one point, Wallin was selling upwards of $9,000 of meth a week, according to his indictment. In his post-priesthood, Wallin, 61, bought an adult specialty and video store in North Haven called Land of Oz that sells sex toys and X-rated DVDs. Investigators believe the shop helped him launder thousands of dollars in weekly profits.