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September 16, 2020

James Collins, former coach at at the Boys & Girls Club, accused of sexually abusing children

  James Collins, a former supervisor, mentor, coach, and counselor at the Boys & Girls Club in Northern Westchester in Mount Kisco, N.Y. has been accused by four men of repeatedly sexually abusing  them when they were children. A lawsuit was filed last week  with the Supreme Court of the State of New York in White Plains. This lawsuit is not new to the Boys & Girls Club affiliates across the country, as there have been several  sexual abuse allegations by volunteers, staff, or members . Also named in the lawsuit, are; the Town of Mount Kisco, Camp Iroquois in […]
September 11, 2020

George DeCosta, Former Priest, accused of sex abuse at Music Ministry Alive Music camp

  George DeCosta, a retired priest who was a Youth leader at a summer music program run by David Haas at St. Catherine University, was sued by at least six men for alleged child sex abuse in his home state of Hawaii. “I distinctly remember him [DeCosta] at morning prayer, evening prayer, sitting up front,” said Henson, who is one of 113 former Music Ministry Alive (MMA) participants, who have sent a petition to St. Catherine’s, seeking “transparency and accountability” for Haas’ alleged sexual misconduct as well as  DeCosta’s presence in the program held on its campus in St. Paul. […]
May 27, 2020

Boy Scouts Victims of Sex abuse have until November 16 to file suits amid Bankruptcy filing

  Victims of child sex abuse  by the Boy Scouts of America now have a November deadline to file claims. “At a time when millions of Americans are unemployed and preoccupied with basic survival, sexual abuse survivors need and are entitled to a reasonable period of time after they receive notice from the bankruptcy Court to reflect seriously and make a decision whether to file a claim in this case,” representatives for  victims committee wrote in a court filing.  Boy Scouts have filed for bankruptcy and had initially proposed a deadline of 80 days after notice of the claims process […]
March 11, 2020

Thousands of Child Abuse allegations force Boy Scouts of America to file for Bankruptcy

  Declining membership and several sexual abuse allegations are the reason the Boy Scouts of America filed for bankruptcy protection just a few weeks ago. The depth of the problem within the Boy Scouts and the failure to handle any allegations is the main reason they filed for Chapter 11 in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware.  The future of Boy Scouts is still unknown and some speculate that the impact on local troops and the organization will be so negative that some fear that it will prevent survivors from naming their abusers in court.  There are still many survivors that […]
August 8, 2019

Flood Of Child Sex Abuse Lawsuits Expected To Hit NY Next Week

NEW YORK (WNYC/Gothamist) Next Wednesday, adult survivors of child sex abuse in New York will begin filing a flood of civil lawsuits against institutions and individuals, after decades of having their cases barred from court because the allegations were too old. Hundreds of plaintiffs are expected to sue organizations large and small, including Catholic dioceses and parishes, the Boy Scouts of America, hospitals and educational institutions. The one year window was enacted under the Child Victims Act that lawmakers passed in January, and intended as a partial remedy to the state’s previous statute of limitations, which required victims to bring civil cases […]
March 5, 2019

COMING FORWARD AS A VICTIM OF CHILDHOOD SEXUAL ABUSE IN NEW YORK

The New York Child Victims Act is now law.  It is great news for victims but it also creates many new issues for these same people.  Prior to passage of the CVA, victims had to file their civil cases before they turned 23 years old.  Of course, most survivors of child sexual abuse did not meet this overly restrictive deadline.  Having no legal recourse, many victims have spent decades trying to move on and suppress these memories.  Now seemingly overnight, anyone who was sexually abused as a child in New York and the ability to file a civil lawsuit and […]
October 31, 2018

Cub Scout den leader accused of sexually assaulting 8-year-old boy in O’Fallon, Mo.

O’FALLON, Mo. — A St. Charles County man who was a Cub Scout den leader with the Boy Scouts of America has been charged with sexually assaulting an 8-year-old boy. Matthew C. Baker, 48, has been charged with statutory sodomy or attempted statutory sodomy – deviate sexual intercourse with a person younger than 12 years old. An 8-year-old boy told police he was playing the board game Mousetrap in Baker’s basement on the afternoon of Saturday, October 13. The boy said they were on a mattress when Baker pulled down the boy’s pants and underwear and placed the child’s ‘no-no […]
August 15, 2018

A Facebook Messenger call leads to a summer camp counselor facing a molestation charge

A mother hearing a “grown man’s voice” coming out of her daughter’s phone led to an investigation that ended with a Fort Lauderdale summer camp counselor’s arrest Monday on a lewd and lascivious behavior charge. Davie resident Christopher Falzone, who remains in Broward County Main Jail with a $25,000 bond, met the girl while he worked at Camp Live Oak day camp in Fort Lauderdale this summer, according to a probable cause affidavit. The affidavit says Falzone, 35, admitted to having private Facebook Messenger conversations with the girl and whispering “I love you” to her.      https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/crime/article216655310.html
July 25, 2018

Brant Lake camp counselor accused of abusing 9 boys

A 51-year-old school teacher who worked as a counselor for Brant Lake camp is charged with multiple felonies for allegedly abusing at least nine campers. State Police arrested Dylan T. Stolz, 51, of Little Neck, on July 4. He faces a total of 27 charges, including 14 felonies, after being indicted for a second time on Monday, according to the Post-Star. The charges include multiple counts of first-degree sexual abuse, sexual conduct against a child and endangering the welfare of a child, according to the report.   https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Brant-Lake-camp-counselor-charged-with-abusing-9-13099890.php
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