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Connecticut Jury Awards $7M in Scouts Abuse Case

December 16, 2014

A man who says he was sexually abused by a Connecticut scout leader in the mid-1970s won a $7 million jury verdict against the Boy Scouts of America.

Lawyers for the man said the decision handed down Friday in Waterbury Superior Court was the largest verdict for compensatory damages against the Boy Scouts' national organization. The jury also found the organization liable for punitive damages, with the amount to be determined by a judge.

The man, known only as John Doe in court documents, alleges he was a member of a New Fairfield Boy Scouts troop when its leader, Siegfried Hepp, sexually abused him three times.

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