Suit Settled with Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut and St. Peter’s Church, Milford
Tremont Sheldon P.C. has settled a claim on behalf of its client who was sexually assaulted when she was approximately 12 years old at St. Peter’s Church in Milford, CT. St. Peter’s is a parish in the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut. The settlement was reached with the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut, St. Peter’s Church, and its former pastor Reverend Andrew Osmun.
The young woman, who brought the claim as Jane Doe, was sexually assaulted when she was approximately 12 years old on the church property by Jesse Osmun who was the son of the pastor, the Reverend Andrew Osmun. Reverend Osmun was pastor at St. Peter’s from 1999 until 2012. The assaults occurred in early 2007. Attorney, who represented “Jane”, developed evidence to prove that Reverend Osmun had known for years before 2007 that his son Jesse was attracted to pre-teen girls and that Jesse had engaged in inappropriate sexual behaviors. Despite this knowledge, Rev. Osmun allowed his son to volunteer with the Youth Group at St. Peter’s and have access to its children. In addition, Jesse worked at a number of overnight youth camps and schools throughout Connecticut.
Jesse admitted in 2007 to his father that he had assaulted Jane; however, Reverend Osmun did not report that information to law enforcement as required by Connecticut law. Reverend Osmun’s failure to report his knowledge about his son was also a violation of the Safe Church Practices of the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut.
Sadly, Jesse Osmun was allowed to later join the Peace Corps where he continued to work with children. While in Africa Jesse Osmun sodomized a number of young girls. Upon his return to the United States in 2012, Jesse Osmun was arrested and convicted by federal law enforcement officials for his crimes in Africa. Jesse Osmun is presently serving an 18-year sentence in the federal penitentiary at Fort Dix, NJ.
“This case clearly shows why it is so important for those charged with watching our children, to follow the policies and procedures that are put in place for their protection,” said Attorney. “If those policies that were in place had been followed by Reverend Osmun, Jesse Osmun would never have been able to assault other young girls.”
For more than 25 years Tremont Sheldon P.C. has been representing people who were sexually abused when they were children. The firm strongly believes that if policies that are in place are followed, it will make it much more difficult for child molesters to succeed. However, when the policies that are in place are ignored, children are hurt in ways that will affect them for the rest of their lives. Tragically, that is exactly what happened to Jane and to the other children in Africa.