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August 5, 2019

Survivors of Sexual Abuse Plan to File Lawsuits August 14th

NEW YORK (WRVO) Beginning August 14, New Yorkers who are survivors of childhood sexual abuse will have a one year window of opportunity to file civil suits against their abusers, under the terms of the Child Victims Act passed by the legislature earlier this year. Thousands of cases are expected to be filed, with payouts potentially in the millions.  Gordon Smith was 14 years old when he says he was first abused by two priests at a St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and school in Albany in the early 1960s. He was filling in as a janitor for his father, who […]
August 2, 2019

Lawyer for Abuse Victims Demands New York Archdiocese Release ‘Predator Priest’ Data

NEW YORK (NEW YORK POST) A lawyer representing childhood victims of alleged sex abuse on Monday demanded the Archdioceses of New York release “secret files” on “predator priests” — before a one-year statute of limitations rule expires. “We’re launching a petition today to demand that the Church of New York, all the Catholic Dioceses, release their secret files that contain important information on predator priests,” said Jeff Herman, an attorney representing the victims in a class action lawsuit against the archdiocese. In the yet-to-be released documents, more than 500 priests have been identified as child abusers, Herman said. “That’s the […]

Clergy Abuse/Accused Catholic Clergy

August 1, 2019

14 Syracuse-area Students Allegedly Molested by Former Olympian Conrad Mainwaring

NEW YORK (Syracuse.com) Former Olympic hurdler Conrad Mainwaring, who was arrested in June in Los Angeles on a charge of sexual misconduct, has been accused of molesting 14 boys in the Syracuse area, according to an ESPN report Thursday. According to the “Outside the Lines” report, reporters Mike Kessler and Mark Fainaru-Wada spoke with 14 men who told them they had been sexually abused by Mainwaring when he was in the Syracuse area, including five high schoolers, in the 1980s. Mainwaring was arrested on June 19 in Los Angeles on a charge that he sexually molested one of his athletes […]

Schools

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 […]
August 20, 2018

Over 300 ‘predator priests’ in Pennsylvania accused of abuse in grand jury report

A scathing Pennsylvania grand jury report released Tuesday reveals decades of child abuse allegations against more than 300 accused “predator priests” as well as claims that Roman Catholic Church leaders covered up the crimes and obstructed justice in order to avoid scandal. More than 1,000 child victims were identifiable from the church’s own records, according to the report.     “We believe that the real number — of children whose records were lost, or who were afraid ever to come forward — is in the thousands,” the grand jury said. “Today, Pennsylvanians can learn the extent of sexual abuse in […]
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
June 20, 2018

As more women file lawsuits against USC, gynecologist defends himself in letter to The Times

Fourteen more women have sued USC alleging that a campus gynecologist sexually abused them during medical exams and that the university failed to take action when patients and clinic staff complained about his behavior. The new filings brought the total number of women suing the university by Friday afternoon to 21. http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-usc-doctor-lawsuits-20180525-story.html
May 29, 2018

Juvenile detention center probed over abuse allegations

Horizon Juvenile CenterTomas E. Gaston         The feds are probing whether workers at a city-run juvenile detention center sexually abused teenage inmates, The Post has learned. Manhattan federal prosecutors have opened an investigation into the Horizon Juvenile Center in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx, which is operated by the Administration for Children’s Services, and have begun calling witnesses for interviews, sources said. The federal probe focuses on allegations that ACS workers groomed Horizon juveniles to do their sexual bidding by promising them special treatment if they complied, such as the use of cellphones to make personal calls, […]
May 14, 2018

In-Depth Interview with Sex Abuse Attorney Jeff Herman

Jeff Herman is a trial lawyer who specializes in helping survivors of rape, sexual abuse, and sexual exploitation. For over two decades now, Jeff has represented more than 1,000 victims of all ages, and he prides himself in making a significant difference for children in particular. Today, Herman Law has some of the nation’s leading childhood sexual abuse attorneys who are not afraid to be pioneers in the legal industry and champions of their clients’ rights. The foundation of Herman Law was laid in 1997 when Jeff was a commercial litigator. A mother, whose autistic 4-year-old son was abused at pre-school, did […]
March 16, 2018

Ex-Scottsdale cheerleading coach gets prison in sexual abuse case

PHOENIX — A former cheerleading coach in Scottsdale who was accused of sexually abusing two girls and pleaded guilty to reduced charges has been sentenced to five years in prison. Maricopa County Superior Court officials said Yohel Gattaz also was sentenced Thursday to lifetime probation. He pleaded guilty last month to four counts of attempted molestation of a child. The 23-year-old Gattaz was a cheerleading coach at a private gym in Scottsdale.   He originally was charged with aggravated assault, sexual abuse and child molestation. According to court documents, Gattaz was accused of molesting two girls at his home between […]
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