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Boy Scouts, Catholic Church, more face new lawsuits as NY Child Victims Act window opens

The newest allegations came Wednesday among hundreds of lawsuits filed under New York’s Child Victims Act, which opened a one-year window for lawsuits from child sexual abuse victims previously barred by the statute of limitations. Attorney Vincent Nappo said the goal is to raise public awareness. He said his firm – Pfau, Cochran, Vertetis and Amala – is filing seven lawsuits Wednesday in New York against Boy Scouts of America on behalf of 20 survivors of sexual abuse. The suits contain allegations that span decades, from the mid-19...

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Lawsuit: Former Albany Bishop Howard Hubbard sexually abused teen

ALBANY — Former Bishop Howard Hubbard is accused of sexually abusing a 16-year-old boy during the 1990s, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday. "From approximately 1994 through 1998, Father Bondi and Bishop Hubbard exploited the trust and authority vested in them by defendants by grooming P.R. to gain his trust and to obtain control over him as part of Father Bondi and Bishop Hubbard's plan to sexually molest and abuse P.R. and other children," the lawsuit filed by the the Marsh Law Firm alleges. Other lawsuits filed by the Marsh Law Firm allege ...

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Catholic Church, Boy Scouts To Be Slammed With Hundreds Of Lawsuits In New York

Years after child abuse survivors in New York started demanding changes to the state’s statutes of limitations, victims are finally getting a chance to have their cases heard in court. Hundreds of survivors are planning to file lawsuits on Wednesday against their alleged abusers and the institutions they claim covered up sex crimes as the state opens a one-year litigation window for cases that fell outside the previous statutes of limitations. Michael Pfau, an attorney at Seattle-based Pfau Cochran Vertetis Amala, told HuffPost that his law firm is filing more ...

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State window set to open for old sex-abuse lawsuits

At least several hundred lawsuits are about to land. Two collaborating law firms that represent Pringle - Pfau Cochran Vertetis Amala, based in Washington State, and Marsh Law Firm, which has an office in White Plains - say they so far are bringing cases on behalf of more than 500 abuse survivors. More than 200 say they are victims of the same abuser: the late Reginald Archibald, an endocrinologist accused of sexually abusing hundreds of boys brought to him because they were growing too slowly. Pringle’s attorney, Jennifer Freeman, said that proving in court events ...

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Flood Of Child Sex Abuse Lawsuits Expected To Hit NY Next Week

Next Wednesday, adult survivors of child sex abuse in New York will begin filing a flood of civil lawsuits against institutions and individuals, after decades of having their cases barred from court because the allegations were too old. Hundreds of plaintiffs are expected to sue organizations large and small, including Catholic dioceses and parishes, the Boy Scouts of America, hospitals and educational institutions. The one year window was enacted under the Child Victims Act that lawmakers passed in January, and intended as a partial remedy to the state’s previous ...

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A Former Boy Scout Speaks Out About Abuse

Former Boy Scout Darrell Jackson speaks out about abuse he suffered while in the Boy Scouts of America. Darrell says when he realized something was wrong he told his grandmother who went to the police, and he grew up having to protect himself from ridicule.

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In emotional interviews, ex-Scouts open up about abuse

Sharing their stories doesn’t come easily for these middle-aged men. At times, their eyes well up or their voices crack as they describe being sexually abused in the Boy Scouts and suffering from emotional damage long afterward. Looking back, they all remember vividly how excited they were to become Scouts. “I was real gung-ho about getting my badges — fishing and campfires and all of that,” said Darrell Jackson, now a 57-year-old New Yorker. “It was good at the beginning.” Jackson, whose unit leader was convicted of sodomy and imprisoned for about 18 ...

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Buffalo-area Boy Scout leaders linked to sex abuse involving children

More than two dozen Boy Scout leaders from the Buffalo area have been charged by police with molesting children or morals crimes involving children or were barred by the Boy Scouts of America from registering as Scout leaders due to allegations against them involving children. The Boy Scouts put some of these Scout leaders in their "Perversion Files," also known as the "Ineligible Volunteer Files," which an Oregon judge forced them to release in 2012. Those files contained information about allegations made between 1965 and 1985. The Buffalo News also added to this ...

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Lawsuits expected as dozens of WNY Boy Scout leaders accused of sex abuse

Ronald C. Williams has served prison sentences in three states for child sex abuse felony convictions over the past 28 years. But Williams' penchant for sexually abusing children goes back to when he was a K-9 patrolman on the Buffalo police force and volunteered with the Boy Scouts, according to Bob O'Donnell of the Town of Boston. O’Donnell said Williams, who had been his Cub Scout leader, abused him at least 10 times in the mid-1970s, when O’Donnell was 13 or 14 and Williams took him canoeing and camping on Eighteen Mile Creek. “The guy pretty much raped ...

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Boy Scouts Could Be Hit With More Sex Abuse Claims

Sexual abuse settlements have already strained the Boy Scouts' finances to the point where the organization is exploring "all available options," including Chapter 11 bankruptcy. But now the financial threats have intensified. The reason: States have been moving in recent months to adjust their statute-of-limitations laws so that victims of long-ago sexual abuse can sue for damages. New York state has passed a law that will allow such lawsuits starting in August. A similar bill in New Jersey has reached the governor's desk. Bills also are pending in Pennsylvania and ...

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