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Two more former paperboys come forward to allege sexual abuse by supervisor: Lawsuit

Two former paperboys for a Gannett-owned newspaper filed a complaint on Friday alleging that they were sexually abused by their supervisor nearly 40 years ago, joining five other former paperboys who have made similar allegations. Ballard Tackett, 47, and Kelby Ash, 49, allege that they were repeatedly molested by Jack J. Lazeroff, a onetime district sales manager for the Rochester, N.Y.-based Democrat & Chronicle, when Lazeroff oversaw their paper route between 1982 and 1985, when Tackett was 11 to 12 years old and Ash was 11 to 13 years old. According to James ...

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Former Professor Kirk Nesset released from federal prison after 2015 child pornography charges

Former Allegheny College Professor of English Literature Kirk Nesset, 63, was released from federal prison this year. Nesset was transferred to a federal prison in Phoenix, Arizona. Toward the end of his sentence, he was relocated to a federal halfway house, Residential Reentry Management Phoenix, where he awaited his release on Sept. 24. Nesset was arrested and prosecuted on three counts of possessing, receiving and distributing child pornography in 2014, following an FBI and Pennsylvania State Police investigation.  As part of his original sentencing, Nesset ...

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Ex-West Penn Hospital employee faces 83 more charges of filming co-workers, patients undressing

A former West Penn Hospital employee charged in July with filming co-workers in the bathroom without their consent is now facing an additional 83 charges after police recovered more videos of employees and patients. Guy Caley, 52, of Canonsburg, was originally charged in July with three counts each of invasion of privacy and illegal use of wire or oral communications after police say he used a small video camera to record employees in the restroom. When charges were placed, Mike Manko — spokesman for Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. ...

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New charges filed against former West Penn Hospital worker accused of taping people inside bathroom

Eighty three additional charges have been filed against a former West Penn Hospital worker accused of videotaping people inside an employee bathroom. Guy Caley, 52, was arrested in July, when police said he taped a camera to a chair in the bathroom. Police said Caley would later take the camera home and download the videos. Investigators said, after searching Caley’s laptop, they found additional recordings of employees in the bathroom as well as videos of more than 30 female patients in the hospital’s radiology department.

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Lawsuit: East Greenbush school officials concealed teacher’s sex abuse

EAST GREENBUSH — A former student filed a lawsuit last week against East Greenbush Central School District, alleging officials conspired to allow a sexual predator to teach social studies at Columbia High School — a position he allegedly used to prey on students. The lawsuit accuses Henry Kolakoski of abusing  Robert Reese at the teacher's home, at school events and even during classes at school in 1979 and 1980. 

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Diocese of Rockville Centre appeals ruling on Child Victims Act

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The Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre, in its continuing legal battles involving dozens of sexual assault cases, has appealed a judge’s decision upholding the constitutionality of the Child Victims Act. The diocese filed its appeal following a ruling in May by state Supreme Court Judge Steven Jaeger of Nassau County, who rejected a bid by the Diocese of Rockville Centre to dismiss 44 lawsuits filed against it under the Child Victims Act. James Marsh, an attorney with the Marsh Law Firm, one of the firms representing 14 alleged victims against the Diocese ...

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Four more paperboys sue the Democrat and Chronicle claiming sexual abuse

Their stories of Lazeroff using decoys and misdirection to grope them or invite them to fondle him bore striking similarities. Some told of Lazeroff approaching them on their paper routes under the guise of wanting to help them finish early or, in the winter, to stay warm.

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How could a dad live on a college campus? Questions grow in Sarah Lawrence sex-cult scandal

The indictment accusing Larry Ray of preying on Sarah Lawrence College students — in a stunning web of manipulation, extortion, sex-trafficking and money-laundering — answered many questions, but not THE question. Sarah Lawrence alumni and even its president have tried to figure out how a dad could move into his daughter's on-campus apartment without the college knowing about it.  They pointed to the private, apartment-style setup of his daughter's Slonim Woods dorm where Ray arrived — straight from prison — in ...

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More former paperboys say a Democrat and Chronicle supervisor sexually abused them

More former paperboys are coming forward, saying they were molested by their supervisor when they worked for the Democrat and Chronicle in the 1980s. Five men contacted WXXI in the days after our story first aired on Oct. 15.  Three of them are either joining Bates' lawsuit or filing separate legal claims against the newspaper. They said they believe Bates' allegations of sexual abuse, because they experienced something similar when they delivered newspapers for the Democrat and Chronicle in the early 1980s. Bates' lawsuit, which was filed on Oct. 15, claims ...

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Catholic Church files to challenge law protecting sex abuse victims

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The Diocese of Rockville Centre filed papers Tuesday in Nassau County Supreme Court against the act, which changed the statute of limitations for child sex crimes and opened up a year-long window where any child sex abuse victim can file a claim against their abuser, regardless of when the alleged crime happened. Jennifer Freeman, a lawyer with the Marsh Lawfirm that focuses on child sex abuse and pornography cases, said her firm has at least 200 clients with new claims against the Catholic Church. “They will lose because the court needs to show the legislature ...

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