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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 >


Statement of the National Crime Victim Bar Association on the Harvey Weinstein Guilty Verdict

February 2, 2020 

STATEMENT OF THE NATIONAL CRIME VICTIM BAR ASSOCIATION ON THE HARVEY WEINSTEIN GUILTY VERDICT Over 80 survivors stood in strength and unity to speak out against a serial abuser. Eighty incredibly brave women faced not only their abuser, but a barrage of attacks in the media and victim-blaming in the courts. We are hopeful that… 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 >


Experts warn of travel industry’s sexual harassment exposure

By Michelle Baran, Travel Weekly (December 18, 2017) — The recent barrage of high-profile sexual harassment allegations emerging in industries ranging from film to politics to media serves as an opportunity for travel companies, too, to reflect on where they stand on the issue and to assess whether they are doing enough, not least because of… 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 >


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 >


Boy Scouts Gear Up for Conn. Supreme Court Battle in Challenge to $12 Million Sex Abuse Verdict

A Connecticut Boy Scout who claimed he was sexually abused by his troop leader in the mid-1970s was awarded $12 million after a trial in late 2014. The verdict is believed to be the largest compensatory damages award against the Boy Scouts of America and the first Boy Scout sex abuse case to go to… Read more >


Family sues Wilton, claims child was molested

Although he is now incarcerated, Wilton must deal with the aftermath of Eric Von Kohorn’s actions while he was a paraprofessional at Miller-Driscoll School. The family of a student has filed a civil lawsuit against both the town and the school district, alleging Von Kohorn sexually abused her. The suit alleges Von Korn sexually assaulted… Read more >


Wilton officials sued over sex allegations involving Fairfield man

STAMFORD — The parents of a 4-year-old girl claim the town of Wilton and the Wilton Board of Education are negligently responsible for allowing their daughter to be sexually assaulted by her former preschool aide. In a lawsuit filed Thursday in Superior Court here, the parents, named in the suit as Mother and Father Doe,… Read more >


John Doe vs. Fairfield County Council of Boy Scouts of America, Inc. et al. — Jury Verdict Review & Analysis

Attorneys for Plaintiff: Paul Slager & Jennifer Cohen Goldstein Silver Golub & Teitell LLP www.sgtlaw.com $7,000,010 VERDICT – PERSONAL NEGLIGENCE – SEXUAL ASSAULT – PLAINTIFF WAS SEXUALLY ABUSED NUMEROUS TIMES BY ANOTHER OLDER SCOUT – VIOLATION OF CONNECTICUT’S UNFAIR TRADE PRACTICES ACT. Waterbury County, Connecticut. In this matter, the plaintiff former boy scout alleged that… Read more >


$7 Million Award Against Boy Scouts of America for Sexual Assault of Minor

In the late 1970s, Siegfried Hepp, a teenager, was a youth patrol leader in Fairfield County Council Boy Scout Troop 137 of New Fairfield, Connecticut. John Doe, then 11-years-old, was also a member of Troop 137. Doe claimed Hepp sexually assaulted him three times during Boy Scout activities, including during an overnight camping trip, a… Read more >


Personal Injury Hall of Fame — Boy Scouts Liable For Troop Leader’s Assaults: $7 Million (Winner: Intentional Tort)

Case: John Doe v. Boy Scouts of America Attorneys: Paul Slager, Jennifer Goldstein Law Firm: Silver Golub & Teitell Dozens of civil lawsuits are pending against the Boy Scouts of America across the country, many of them alleging sexual abuse by scout leaders decades ago. Few such cases have gone to trial before a jury.… Read more >


$11.8 Million Verdict Against Boy Scouts For Sexual Abuse and Cover-up

A Waterbury, CT, jury awarded a former boy scout $7 million in compensatory damages for the sexual molestation and assault he suffered in the mid-1970s at the hands of a Boy Scout youth leader. The trial judge tacked on nearly $5 million in punitive damages, rendering a total verdict of $11.8 million against Boy Scouts of… Read more >


Paul Slager & Jennifer Goldstein Win Personal Injury Hall of Fame Award for Largest Known Compensatory Damages Verdict Against Boy Scouts of America

February 2, 2015 

We are honored to announce that Paul A. Slager and Jennifer B. Goldstein have won a Personal Injury Hall of Fame award from the Connecticut Law Tribune for their Boy Scouts of America verdict, John Doe v. Fairfield County Council of Boy Scouts of America, Inc.; Connecticut Yankee Council, Inc., Boy Scouts of America; The Boy… Read more >


Law Tribune Reveals Personal Injury Hall of Fame Winners

The Connecticut Law Tribune is pleased to announce its second annual Personal Injury Hall of Fame Awards.  Among the winners: Winner: Silver Golub & Teitell; Paul Slager and Jennifer Goldstein; John Doe v. Boy Scouts of America; Boy Scout sex abuse; $7 million. The awards are given for the top plaintiffs verdicts, settlements and arbitration… Read more >


Connecticut jury awards $7M in Boy Scouts abuse case

Dozens of civil lawsuits are pending against the Boy Scouts of America across the country. But now a Connecticut case has resulted in a $7 million verdict against the Boy Scouts. It’s believed to be the largest compensatory damages verdict against the organization and the first Boy Scout case to go to a jury verdict… Read more >


Conn. Sex Abuse Case Puts Spotlight on Boy Scouts’ ‘Confidential Files’

Dozens of civil lawsuits are pending against the Boy Scouts of America across the country, many of them alleging sexual abuse by scout leaders decades ago. Few such cases have gone to trial before a jury. But now a Connecticut case has resulted in a $7 million verdict against the Boy Scouts. It’s believed to… Read more >


Connecticut Jury Awards $7M In Boy Scouts Abuse Case

WATERBURY, Conn. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A Connecticut jury has issued a $7 million verdict against the Boy Scouts of America in a lawsuit by a man who says he was sexually abused by a scout leader in the mid-1970s. Lawyers for the man say the decision handed down Friday in Waterbury Superior Court was the largest… Read more >


$7 million award in boy scout sex abuse case

WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — A Waterbury Superior Court jury awarded $7 million to a man on Friday who was sexually abused by a New Fairfield Boy Scout troop leader in the 1970s. The jury found that the Boy Scouts of America should also be held liable for punitive damages, in addition to the $7 million… Read more >


$7 Million Verdict In Sex Abuse Lawsuit Against Boy Scouts

WATERBURY — A Superior Court jury handed up a $7 million verdict against the Boy Scouts of America on Friday, finding that the organization was liable for sexual abuse committed by a scout leader in New Fairfield in the 1970s. Court records show that the jury found the national organization both negligent and reckless in… Read more >


Connecticut Jury Awards $7M in Scouts Abuse Case

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.… Read more >


Jury Awards $7 Million to Former Boy Scout Who Alleged Sex Abuse

A jury in Waterbury has awarded $7 million to a former Connecticut Boy Scout who claims he was sexually abused by his troop leader and an older scout in the mid-1970s. The jury found the Boy Scouts of America liable for compensatory damages as well as for punitive damages for recklessness; the punitive damages will… Read more >


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