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August 3, 2020

Robert “Bob” Rusch accused of sexually abusing female students when he was a teacher decades ago

    Nancy Smahl-Syrop, Jane Bedell and Sara Smahl, have all come out and  accused Robert “Bob” Rusch, their former Brooklyn private school teacher, of sexually abusing them on multiple occasions over four decades ago, when they were each only 12 years old. Rusch, was a seventh-grade teacher and advisor at the Woodard School in Brooklyn in the 1960’s-70’s when the alleged abuse occurred.  The court  documents say that Rusch “sexually abused and assaulted multiple children in addition to the above-named plaintiffs, a fact known to defendant Woodard … which fired defendant Rusch in 197,”. Rusch, 77,  now a record […]
July 29, 2020

Former Priests and Teacher at McQuaid Jesuit High School accused of sexually abusing students in the 1970’s/80’s

Former students at McQuaid Jesuit High School have come forward to claim that a former teacher and two former Jesuit priests sexually abused them when they were students in the 1970s and 1980s. At this time there have been more than 120 lawsuits filed in Monroe County alone.  14 child sexual abuse lawsuits were filed last week against the Society of Jesus USA Northeastern Province (Jesuits) under the Child Victims Act (CVA), which opened a one-year window for survivors of child sexual abuse to file civil lawsuits even if the alleged abuse was decades ago.   Father Harry Untereiner, Father James […]
July 22, 2020

First female sex abuse victim of University of Michigan Dr. Robert Anderson comes forward in lawsuit

          The first female sex abuse victim of the late University of Michigan physician Dr. Robert Anderson will come forward this week to share her story publicly.   Dr. Robert Anderson, now deceased, has been accused of sexually abusing hundreds of student athletes spanning decades during his time employed at the University of Michigan. University of Michigan has been investigating the sex abuse allegations since February. Sex abuse allegations claiming that  former sports doctor Robert Anderson, who worked for the university from 1967 to 2003 have helped dozens of men have the courage to come forward.  Cathy […]
July 6, 2020

Former Rev. Joseph L. Sredzinski and The Diocese of Greensburg named in child sex abuse in lawsuit

    A lawsuit has been filed claiming that the now deceased, Rev. Joseph L. Sredzinski, sexually abused a minor when the child was just 11 years old, dating back to 1991. The victim claims that the abuse continued until he was 17. Now, 40 years old, he  is suing The Diocese of Greensburg and Bishop Edward Malesic, under the Child Victims Act. Sredzinski, who died in 2015, served at the former St. Joseph Church in Everson, Fayette County, from 1989 to 1999.  A  spokesman for the diocese declined to comment. Sredzinski was named in a Pennsylvania grand jury report […]
June 30, 2020

Tony Brown Sr., House Of Montessori Education Day Care employee charged with molesting two children under age 10

  Tony Brown Sr., 63, has been charged with statutory sodomy and five counts of child molestation after police reported that he molested two girls under the age of 10 at House Of Montessori Education, a south St. Louis day care facility where he was employed.   Brown was working at the day care at 7814 South Broadway when he allegedly molested the girls.  Brown inappropriately touched one of the girls  and forced her to touch him inappropriately over his clothing, according to the probable cause statement. He touched another girl inappropriately over her clothing on the same day as […]
June 30, 2020

Priest and Catholic school Teacher accused of repeatedly molesting young girl when she was just 5 years old

  Sex abuse attorney Jeff Herman announces the filing of a lawsuit, under the Child Victims Act, against the DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN and ST. BENEDICT JOSEPH LABRE PARISH regarding a teacher who allegedly raped a kindergarten student when she was just 5 years old back in 1983. The victim, now age 42, remains anonymous and known as C.L., said that when she was just 5 years old, she was brought by her teacher and the Priest to a private teachers lounge, told to get undressed, and both men raped her. This alleged abuse took place on over several  occasions until […]
June 19, 2020

Former Catholic High School Coach accused of sexually abusing student more than 50 years ago

    A  lawsuit filed under the Child Victims Act last month in the state Supreme Court of Broome County claims a former Seton Catholic High School in Endicott sexually abused a child more than two dozen times back in the early 1970’s. Former Coach Vincent Dutkowski, who died in 2012, is accused of leveraging  his position to gain the victim’s trust and confidence before abusing him. According to the suit, in 1972, the 14-year-old boy  helped out as a ballboy and assistant during basketball practices where Dutkowski allegedly used those encounters to sexually abuse the teen on approximately 25 […]
June 18, 2020

Former Edison High School student claims teacher abused him in the 1980’s

  Under the Child Victims Act, a former Edison High School student is suing The township Board of Education claiming he was sexually abused by a teacher in the 1980s. The suit, filed in Superior Court last week, alleges that the school board “failed to take reasonable steps” to protect the student from the abuse. ITh suit claims that the shop teacher Frederick Burkley, from 1983 to 1985, “groomed” the student “to gain his trust and to obtain control over him” as part of a plan to sexually molest and abuse him. Burkley, who has since died, also served as […]
June 16, 2020

Prestigious NY Private School facing lawsuit claiming decades old sex abuse of students by teacher

  At $50,000 year tuition, New York’s Saint David’s School in Manhattan is considered a highly prestigious all-boys private school.  However, it now faces allegations by former students of unreported  sex abuse by teachers spanning decades.  Peter Defeo III, now 59, claims that 50 years ago he was abused repeatedly by teacher Robert Ludlow, who is now deceased.  He claims that he was abused as young as  8 years old. He also claims that  a female administrator witnessed  the crime, literally looked the other way and did nothing to stop it.  The sexual abuse continued for another two years. Peter […]
June 14, 2020

Woman suing school under the Child Victims Act decades after alleged sex abuse

  A woman who claims she was sexually assaulted by a janitor  while she was a student at the prestigious Horace Mann Elementary School in Binghamton is now filing a lawsuit 33 years later, under New York’s Child Victims Act.  According to the lawsuit, which was filed Friday in the state Supreme Court of Broome County, the abuse happened while she was in first grade back in 1987.   In the lawsuit, the girl said she was  approached by a janitorial employee — who was not named  in court records — inside the school building, then taken to a house about […]
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