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Boy Scouts Get Approval For $2.7B Abuse Settlement Fund

By Vince Sullivan | Law360 (July 29, 2022) —  A Delaware bankruptcy judge on Friday approved major parts of the Chapter 11 plan proposed by the Boy Scouts of America to deal with more than 80,000 claims of childhood sexual abuse, including the creation of a $2.7 billion settlement fund, but said there were some issues… Read more >

Attorney speaks up for scout survivors amid potential Deer Lake sale

By Stephanie Simoni | WTNH | NEW HAVEN, CT (March 31, 2022) — The possible sale of Deer Lake Scout Reservation has a local attorney saying abuse survivors are getting lost in the conversation. Nearly 1,000 men have filed claims of abuse against the Boy Scouts in the state. Boy Scouts postpone consideration of proposals… Read more >

Scout’s Honor? Decades of Abuse Within the Boy Scouts of America

STAMFORD, CT (February 23, 2022) — The Boy Scouts of America, once one of the largest youth organizations in the country, fought for years to silence survivors and victims of crime who threatened their brand as a cherished American institution. After 100 years of documented abuse claims, a national movement of more than 80,000 survivors… Read more >

Third family sues Wilton and BOE over alleged sexual assault at school

By Jeannette Ross | The Hour & The Wilton Bulletin | WILTON, CT (December 8, 2020) — A third Wilton family has sued the town and the Board of Education, claiming former paraprofessional Eric Von Kohorn sexually assaulted their child while he was a preschool student at Miller-Driscoll School. The complaint, filed Oct. 20 in… Read more >

American School for the Deaf: The Clock May Be Ticking for Abuse Survivors

September 9, 2020 

When people learn of a childhood sex abuse scandal, their mind may reflexively think of clergymen or camp counselors. However, while the Boy Scouts of America and the Catholic Church have regularly appeared front and center in the news for the horrifying sexual abuse that ran rampant within their respective organizations, they are by far… Read more >

Task force recommends repeal of statute of limitations in sex assault lawsuits

By Joe Wojtas | The Day, HARTFORD, CT (January 7, 2020) — A General Assembly task force voted unanimously Tuesday to recommend lawmakers introduce legislation that would eliminate the current statute of limitations on the filing of lawsuits by victims of sexual assault, abuse or exploitation. The recommendations also specify the change be retroactive, meaning… Read more >

Court Again Denies Attempt by Wilton to Dismiss Molestation Suit

RIch Kirby, Wilton Patch | WILTON, CT (September 27, 2019) — For a second time, a Superior Court judge in Stamford has dealt a blow to the town and the Board of Education in the suit alleging sexual molestation of a preschool child by a Wilton paraprofessional. On Sept. 25, Judge Mary Elizabeth Sommer denied… Read more >

Stamford judge won’t dismiss abuse case against Wilton BOE

By John Nickerson, Stamford Advocate, STAMFORD, CT (August 6, 2019) — A Stamford judge has denied a motion to derail a second lawsuit against the Wilton Board of Education charging it allowed a former male employee accused of sexually assaulting a little girl to continue working with kids. The man allegedly went on to take… Read more >

Wilton molestation suit moves forward

By Jeannette Ross, Wilton Bulletin, WILTON, CT (August 5, 2019) — A Stamford Superior Court judge has denied “in its entirety” the town of Wilton’s and Board of Education’s motion for summary judgment in a lawsuit brought by a family that claims their son was molested by a former school employee. The family in the… Read more >

Lawyers argue against dismissal in molestation lawsuit

By Jeannette Ross, Wilton Bulletin, WILTON, CT (March 22, 2019) — Attorneys for a family suing the Wilton Board of Education and the town of Wilton have responded to a motion for summary judgment submitted by the attorney for the defendants. The family in the lawsuit John Doe PPA v. Wilton Board of Education Et Al… Read more >

Hartford archdiocese paid $50.6M to settle priests’ sex abuse claims

By Bill Cummings, CT Post, HARTFORD, CT (January 22, 2019) — The Archdiocese of Hartford on Tuesday revealed it paid nearly $51 million to settle sex abuse claims against priests dating to 1953. The Diocese said no priests currently serving are accused of sexual misconduct as officials released a list of those who had been… Read more >

Former Stamford Boy Scout accuses scoutmaster of sexual abuse

By John Nickerson, Stamford Advocate, STAMFORD, CT (October 25, 2018) — Another former Boy Scout has filed a lawsuit against the organization, claiming a scoutmaster sexually assaulted him about 25 years ago. Attorney Paul Slager has filed a lawsuit against the Boy Scouts of America’s state organization, the Connecticut Yankee Council, on behalf of a man who… Read more >

Settlement in Child Sex Abuse Case: Attorney Talks of Getting Emotional Representing Victims

By Robert Storace, CT Law Tribune, STAMFORD, CT (May 24, 2018) — A Stamford-based attorney with 20 years of experience representing sex abuse survivors has reached an undisclosed settlement stemming from a lawsuit which asserts sexual abuse of a 4-year-old girl by a Wilton educator. Paul Slager, a partner with Silver Golub & Teitell, told the Connecticut… Read more >

Wilton settles multi-million dollar sex abuse lawsuit

By Daniel Tepfer, CT Post, STAMFORD, CT (May 22, 2018) — The town of Wilton and the Wilton Board of Education agreed Tuesday to pay a settlement to the parents of a 4-year-old girl who had filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit claiming school officials were negligently responsible for allowing their daughter to be sexually assaulted by… Read more >

Court denies Wilton’s motion to dismiss in sexual abuse case

By Jeannette Ross, Wilton Bulletin (November 10, 2017) — Unless there is a settlement, it appears the sexual abuse lawsuit filed against the Town of Wilton and Board of Education will go to trial early next year, after Judge Charles T. Lee denied the town’s motion to dismiss “in its entirety” on Thursday, Nov. 9. The… Read more >

Suit Alleges Past Sexual Abuse at Connecticut Boarding School

By ELIZABETH A. HARRIS | New York Times.  A former student at the Kent School, a private boarding school in Connecticut, sued Kent on Wednesday, alleging that administrators did not do enough to protect her from a teacher who she said sexually abused her in the late 1980s. The lawsuit comes amid a string of disturbing… Read more >

Connecticut boarding school sued over alleged sex assaults

By Dave Collins | Associated Press.  HARTFORD, CONN. — A Connecticut boarding school was sued Wednesday by a former female student who said her French teacher sexually assaulted her repeatedly in the late 1980s. The lawsuit against the Kent School was filed in state Superior Court by the former student. It follows recent disclosures of… Read more >

Former student files lawsuit against Kent School, alleges sexual abuse

By Register Citizen Staff | The Litchfield County Times  KENT, CT — A former student from Kent School filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the school, alleging she was sexually abused by a married teacher. The plaintiff attended Kent School from 1987 to 1990, where she alleges the former teacher used his authority and influence to… Read more >

Attorneys seek deposition of Von Kohorn in sexual assault lawsuit

By Stephanie Kim | The Hour.  WILTON — Attorneys representing the family in a civil lawsuit filed against the town and Board of Education are seeking to question the former Miller-Driscoll paraprofessional who allegedly sexually assaulted their daughter in the school bathroom in December 2012. Paul Slager and Michael Kennedy, of Stamford’s Silver Golub &… Read more >

Letter: Community means listening to each other with respect and an open mind

Wilton Bulletin | To the Editors: As a journalist, I feel one of the most important qualities we must hold onto is our objectivity. However, as Wilton school parent, it is difficult to not form any opinion when the district in the news is the one educating my own children. I have the additional perspective… Read more >

Wilton court case reflects Stamford High scandal

By Angela Carella |  Stamford Advocate.  STAMFORD — Substitute “high-schooler” for “preschooler” and a case in state Superior Court mirrors one that recently devastated the Stamford school district. The latest case involves the Wilton district and a 4-year-old girl who was unnaturally quiet when her mother picked her up one day from a public preschool.… Read more >

Miller-Driscoll sexual abuse suit stirs up Wilton

By Stephanie Kim, Stamford Advocate. WILTON — Some parents are outraged after learning that the town and Board of Education are trying to dismiss a sexual assault suit involving an incident at Miller-Driscoll from 2012. Court documents reveal the town and Board of Education are seeking governmental immunity, claiming they can’t be held responsible for… Read more >

Von Kohorn was supposed to be a child abuse first reporter

By Tony Spinelli | The Wilton Bulletin (January 10, 2017) — A state Department of Children and Families (DCF) worker confirmed that former Wilton preschool paraprofessional Eric Von Kohorn, who is the subject of two lawsuits against the town and schools alleging that he molested children in his care, was himself supposed to be a… Read more >

Plea extension granted in sexual abuse case

By Kendra Baker, Wilton Bulletin, December 29, 2016. Eric von Kohorn On Dec. 12, Stamford Superior Court Judge Kenneth B. Povodator granted the Town of Wilton and the Wilton Board of Education’s motion for a 30-day extension of time to plea in the most recent school-related sexual abuse lawsuit filed against them. A second Wilton… Read more >

Lawsuits claim Ledyard Boy Scout leader assaulted boys

By Julia Bergman, The Day.  HARTFORD — Two separate lawsuits have been filed in Hartford Superior Court against the Connecticut Rivers Council Inc., Boy Scouts of America and the Boy Scouts of America Corporation on behalf of two victims who allege they were sexually assaulted by former Ledyard Boy Scout leader Joseph J. Dabrow. Dabrow… Read more >

Second Lawsuit Filed In Boy Scout Sex Assault Case

Dave Altimari, Hartford Courant. HARTFORD — A second lawsuit has been filed against a former Boy Scout troop leader, alleging that he sexually assaulted a 9-year-old boy in a house in Ledyard owned by the organization in the 1990s. The lawsuit alleges that Joseph Dabrow sexually assaulted a boy referred to as “James Doe” numerous… Read more >

Second family sues Wilton, BOE for alleged sexual exploitation

By Pat Tomlinson, The Hour. WILTON — A second Wilton family has come forward in a lawsuit against the town and its Board of Education with sexual assault allegations against former Wilton preschool paraprofessional Eric Von Kohorn. The family claims that the incident occurred in 2013-14, when their child was attending preschool at the Miller-Driscoll… Read more >

Family Sues Over Preschool Sex Abuse Allegations Involving Southport Man

By Fairfield Daily Voice. WILTON, Conn. — The family of a second preschooler is suing the Town of Wilton and the Wilton Board of Education, charging that their son was sexually exploited by a former paraprofessional at Miller-Driscoll School. The allegations from 2013-14 involve former Wilton preschool paraprofessional Eric Von Kohorn, 56, of Southport, according… Read more >

Second family files sexual abuse lawsuit against town and schools

By Wilton Bulletin on November 22, 2016. The town of Wilton and Wilton Board of Education are facing another lawsuit from a second Wilton family, which has alleged that former Wilton preschool paraprofessional Eric Von Kohorn sexually exploited their son in 2013-14. The child was a preschooler when Von Kohorn worked at the Miller-Driscoll School… Read more >

Lawsuit Filed In Boy Scout Sexual Assault Case

By Dave Altimari, Hartford Courant. HARTFORD — A former Boy Scout troop leader who served time in federal prison for sexually assaulting a minor is being sued by a former Boy Scout who alleges he was molested repeatedly by the man in a house owned by the organization. Defendants in the lawsuit, filed recently in… Read more >

Boy Scouts of America Faces Lawsuit in Connecticut Sex Abuse Case

by Ray Hardman, WNPR (October 27, 2016). A Connecticut man is suing the Boy Scouts of America, claiming he was sexually abused by a Boy Scout leader in the 1990s. Starting in the late 1980s, Joseph Dabrow, then a leader of Troop 24 in Ledyard lived in a clubhouse owned by the Boy Scouts of… Read more >

Archdiocese of Hartford Settles Sexual Abuse Claim Against Priest

WNPR Here & Now By Ray Hardman • Oct 14, 2016 The Archdiocese of Hartford has agreed to settle a 16-year-old sexual abuse claim against one of its priests. According to a press release issued by the plaintiff ‘s lawyers, “John Doe” as he was known in court documents was repeatedly abused, battered, and sexually… Read more >

Hartford Catholic Diocese Settles Another Sexual Abuse Claim

ANDREW DENNEY, The Connecticut Law Tribune, October 14, 2016. The Archdiocese of Hartford settled another claim of sexual abuse against one of its former priests, this time settling for an undisclosed amount with a victim who claimed he was abused as a teenager in his own home. The lawsuit, filed in September 2014, was settled… Read more >

Archdiocese settles sex abuse claim

By Daniel Tepfer, Thursday, October 13, 2016 HARTFORD — The Archdiocese of Hartford has agreed to settle a 17-year-old sexual abuse claim against one of its priests. Stamford lawyers Ernest Teitell and Marco Allocca, who represented the alleged victim, said the settlement was reached following mediation before Superior Court Judge Antonio Robaina. “We settled this… Read more >

Silver Golub & Teitell Settles Sexual Abuse Case with Archdiocese of Hartford

— Court Rejects Archdiocese’s Attempt to Establish Immunity Based on First Amendment — HARTFORD, CT (October 13, 2016) – The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford has reached a settlement in a lawsuit alleging sexual abuse of a teenage boy by a priest, Rev. Edward Tissera, more than 15 years ago. Plaintiff attorneys Ernie Teitell and… Read more >

The Numbers Add Up: Various Components of Potential Damage Award in Childhood Sexual Abuse Cases Can Reach Significant Totals

April 4, 2016 

The scope and nature of damages in childhood sexual abuse cases brought against institutional and other defendants is broader than one might expect. Some of the damages caused by childhood sexual abuse have long been recognize — horrific physical violation and a lifetime of feelings of terrible shame, guilt and secrecy that can permeate every… Read more >

Proving Institutional Liability for Childhood Sexual Abuse Requires Careful Choice of Legal Theory

April 4, 2016 

The recent spate of sexual abuse cases lodged against educational and youth-centered organizations, such as boarding or preparatory schools, YMCAs and the Boy Scouts of America, raises issues regarding which theory of negligence will prove most effective at trial. A common mistake made by many plaintiffs’ attorneys is to seek to hold the parent organization… Read more >