Cases


Nesset sued by child pornography survivors

Eight plaintiffs filed a lawsuit against former Allegheny College Professor of English Kirk Nesset on Dec. 19, 2016. Although Nesset did not produce child pornography, the plaintiffs in the case are some of those who were in the files that Nesset was found guilty of sharing, receiving and possessing. Nesset was reported in an affidavit in support of the criminal complaint to have had 500,000 video and image files of child pornography on a shared drive. All of the plaintiffs and survivors involved in the case are filed under pseudonyms, and are jointly represented by ...

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Former Pennsylvania professor sued by child pornography victims

Eight women who appeared as children in illegal pornography have sued a former Pennsylvania college professor, saying they are owed damages because he owned and traded images of them being sexually abused. The women, who are given pseudonyms in the lawsuit, accuse Kirk Nesset, a former English and creative writing professor at Allegheny College in Meadville, of harming them by possessing and trading their pornographic images. “Victims of child pornography are constantly aware that their child sex abuse images will never disappear,” lawyers Carol Hepburn of Seattle ...

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Former professor, in prison over child porn, faces civil lawsuit from alleged victims

PITTSBURGH — Three adults, acting on behalf of eight girls allegedly victimized in the production of child pornography, are suing federal prison inmate Kirk Nesset, a former professor at Allegheny College, alleging that he possessed pornography with the victims' images. Jane Doe, Jane Roe and John Doe filed a complaint on Dec. 19 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania against Nesset, alleging harm by Nesset's actions that led to a 76-month prison sentence. According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that the girls suffered damages ...

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Child pornography victims sue former Macon banker for restitution

Last week, three women filed a federal lawsuit against Anderson, 53, alleging their pictures were among the more than 300 images of child pornography that federal investigators determined Anderson had in his possession. Anderson, a former Colonial Bank employee, was arrested April 24, 2006. Identified by the pseudonyms “Amy,” “Vicky” and “Alice,” the women are seeking compensation. Amy and Vicky each are asking for $150,000 and other losses a judge deems appropriate. An amount for Alice’s compensation isn’t specified in the lawsuit. The suit, filed in ...

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Teacher accused of sexually abusing students avoids jail

Through tears, the mother blasted the lenient sentence. “I am angry, I gave it to God, but it does still hurt inside,” she said. “I can’t believe the things that he did to my daughter. Justice was not served. I want him to go to jail.” She said that her daughter, who was 11 years old at the time, “shut down” as a result of the sexual abuse that occurred multiple times. The victim’s mother also blames the school, claiming they tried to cover up the incident. “There is no way they didn’t know,” she said. The parents of at least one of the ...

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Ex-Rep. Keith Farnham sued by two child porn victims

Former state Rep. Keith Farnham has been sued while he languishes in prison by two minors who claim they appear in child pornography found on the Elgin Democrat’s computer. The minors sued Farnham this week under the pseudonyms “Erin” and “Fiona,” claiming they were “repeatedly raped and sexually assaulted in order to produce child pornography.” They said Farnham used an Illinois House of Representatives computer to download, store and trade some of those images. “Unlike victims of a time-limited trauma, victims of child pornography are continuously ...

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Children sue former state Rep. Farnham over child pornography videos

Two children have sued former state Rep. Keith Farnham for more than $150,000 in damages, saying they appeared in pornographic videos he was sent to prison for downloading. The lawsuit uses the pseudonyms Erin and Fiona, who argue the acts that were recorded caused them "long -- lasting and permanent harm. Unlike victims of a time -- limited trauma, victims of child pornography are continuously aware that their child sex abuse images will never disappear," the lawsuit reads. Farnham, an Elgin Democrat, started serving a prison term last year. His imprisonment ...

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Two child porn victims sue ex-state legislator now in prison

Imprisoned former state Rep. Keith Farnham has been sued by two underage girls who contend the Elgin Democrat downloaded sexually graphic videos and images of them. The suit, which asks for damages of at least $150,000, was filed under a federal law enabling victims to recoup money from those who possess child pornography. The suit noted that while serving as a state representative, Farnham co-sponsored two bills to increase penalties for child pornography crimes. He also received "significant campaign contributions" from the child advocacy organization Stand for ...

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School failed to tell parents about teacher who abused students: suit

The parents of a 14-year-old girl are suing the Department of Education, saying administrators failed to tell them her teacher was a sexual predator — even as their daughter, who later revealed she was also a victim, was struggling in school because of the abuse. … Administrators reacted coldly, still not revealing Prowell had allegedly abused five other students, nor offering the family counseling, according to their Manhattan Supreme Court suit. It was only when the parents went to the police and the Manhattan district attorney that they learned Prowell, 29, ...

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Paroline v. United States

The Fifth Circuit erred in holding that defendant, who pled guilty to possessing child pornography, two of which depicted images of the victim here, was liable for said victim's entire losses from the trade in her images, where: 1) restitution is proper under 18 U.S.C. 2259 only to the extent the defendant's offense proximately caused a victim's losses; 2) victims should be compensated and defendants should be held to account for the impact of their conduct on those victims, but defendants should only be made liable for the consequences and gravity of their own conduct, ...

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