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January 4, 2019

Archbishop Dolan Seeks to Avoid the “Look-back Window” of Child Victims Act

Archbishop Timothy Dolan of the Archdiocese of New York wrote an op-ed for the Daily News in which he expresses concern for the Child Victims Act “breaking” the Catholic Church.  He advocates for a modified bill that would not have a “look-back window.”  The “look-back” window is critical to the legislation, as it will allow adult survivors  to file claims that would otherwise be barred by the statute of limitations.  Archbishop Dolan seeks as a substitute a program to compensate survivors that will mirror the one implemented by Dioceses in New York State.  Attorney Jeff Herman is critical of Archbishop […]
December 26, 2018

Proposed New York Child Victims Act

10 years after the law being passed by the New York Assembly, the New York Child Victims Act, which changes the statute of limitations to bring sexual abuse cases, may finally become law in the New Year.  Here is what you need to know about the proposed law: WHAT IS IT?  The New York Child Victims Act is a proposed law that will change the statute of limitations for both criminal and civil child sexual abuse cases in New York.  For criminal cases, the Child Victims Act eliminates the statute of limitations on criminal prosecutions of persons who abused children. […]
November 20, 2018

Herman Law Investigating Cases Ahead Of The Child Victims Act Legislation

Herman Law is investigating sex abuse cases in New York, in anticipation of passage of the Child Victims Act.  The firm’s New York office already represents several victims whose cases are precluded by the statute of limitations in New York and has been waiting to be able to bring justice to these survivors.  Finally, it appears that this important legislation will pass and victims of sexual abuse in New York will have a measure of justice.  In addition, these cases will expose predators who otherwise are hidden in our communities.  If the law passes, we expect that victims from the […]
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 […]
October 17, 2018

Lawsuit Seeks to Hold Catholic Church Accountable in New York and Florida for Alleged Abuse

Suit claims Diocesse of Rockville Centre on Long Island knowingly sent a priest previously accused of abuse to Florida and is therefore responsible for alleged abuse there When Mark Cattell was 9 years old in 1981, he said, he met a priest who had been transferred to Florida from a Long Island, N.Y., diocese. He said the priest fondled him after Mass. On another occasion, he said, the priest forced him to give oral sex. “I remember him wagging his finger at me, and saying, ‘Don’t you let anybody know about this,’ ” Mr. Cattell, now a 45-year-old magistrate in […]
October 4, 2018

Florida AG Bondi launches site for tips on past sex abuse by priests

ttorney General Pam Bondi has launched a tip site as part of an ongoing investigation of past sex abuse by Catholic priests. The investigation is getting help from the Department of Law Enforcement in reviewing the state’s seven Catholic dioceses. “FDLE will work with the Office of Statewide Prosecution and State Attorneys to independently review records of the Catholic Church to ensure any allegations have been reported and investigated,” said FDLE Commissioner Rick Swearingen in a statement. Tips can be reported confidentially online at MyFloridaLegal.com/StopAbuse The investigation, according to Bondi’s office, was triggered by recent grand jury findings in Pennsylvania […]
October 2, 2018

More victims come forward in case against former Broward County teacher

“This case is not just about schools ignoring Red Flag warnings of abuse….this case is about ignoring SIREN warnings of abuse”  Jeff Herman tells Channel 10 news. FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – A former South Florida camp counselor and substitute teacher accused of sexually abusing children faced a judge Tuesday, and prosecutors have added charges because more victims have come forward. There are now five victims in the case against Christopher Falzone, and prosecutors believe more victims could come forward Tuesday. Falzone was arrested last month on suspicion of engaging in inappropriate behavior with a child at a Fort Lauderdale summer camp. Authorities said […]
September 20, 2018

Substitute teacher accused of having sexual relationship with 15-year-old girl

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. – A former college baseball player and substitute teacher at a Hollywood charter school was arrested Wednesday after it was revealed he had a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl, police said. Roman Jose Fondon Jr., 28, was arrested on three counts of sexual battery on a minor and three counts of lewd or lascivious battery on a minor. ccording to a Hollywood police report, Fondon met the girl while working as a substitute teacher at Ben Gamla Preparatory Academy. Police said the girl provided a recorded statement to detectives in which she admitted that she and Fondon […]
September 19, 2018

Diocese of Brooklyn agrees to historic $27.5 million settlement for church staffer’s sexual abuse of 4 boys

  Four boys who said they were abused by a perverted volunteer catechism teacher at a Catholic church have reached a $27.5 million settlement with the Diocese of Brooklyn. The agreement is believed to be the largest settlement ever on behalf of an individual arising out of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, according to attorneys Ben Rubinowitz and Peter Saghir. Each boy will receive $6.9 million. The young victims were abused by Angelo Serrano, who worked at St. Lucy-St. Patrick Catholic Church in Clinton Hill from 2003 to 2009, according to a release. Serrano pleaded guilty in 2011 to […]
September 13, 2018

Attorney says charter school did ‘bare minimum’ to screen accused pedophile

Parents of accused pedophile’s alleged victims want accountability   COOPER CITY, Fla. – Christopher Falzone quickly went from teacher to accused pedophile. Last week, we showed you the allegations from students at Sheridan Hills Elementary that led to him being fired from the Broward School District in 2014. But somehow, just a year later, he was hired at Renaissance Charter School in Cooper City, which is sponsored by the Broward School District.   https://www.local10.com/education/attorney-says-charter-school-did-bare-minimum-to-screen-accused-pedophile
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