50,000 alleged sex-abuse victims expected to sue the Boy Scouts

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As many as 50,000 alleged sex-abuse victims are expected to go after the Boy Scouts of America in court ahead of a November legal deadline, as a shocking new study concludes scouting just isn’t safe for kids. Since the Boys Scouts of America’s February bankruptcy filing, about 35,000 alleged victims across the nation have filed claims, with “thousands” more emerging each week ahead of the Nov. 16 deadline. The sheer number of Boy Scout victims so far has dwarfed similar cases, noted lawyer Jason Amala of the firm Pfau, Cochran, Vertetis, Amala. “It’s ...

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Diocese of Rockville Centre Files For Bankruptcy, Citing Hundreds of Sex Abuse Lawsuits

The Diocese of Rockville Centre filed for bankruptcy Thursday after more than 200 lawsuits were filed alleging Catholic priests on Long Island sexually abused victims over the years. The plaintiffs’ attorneys said the bankruptcy filing can limit survivors’ ability to unearth names of accused priests, expose leaders who engaged in coverups, and, as part of the Chapter 11 process, the bankruptcy court will set a claims bar date, which will be the deadline for sexual abuse survivors to file a claim in bankruptcy court or risk losing their legal rights. But it also ...

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Two more former D&C paperboys file lawsuit alleging sexual abuse

Two more former paperboys for the Democrat and Chronicle have filed a lawsuit against the paper and its parent company alleging they were sexually abused by their former supervisor. The new complaint, filed Friday in state Supreme Court, brings the total number of complainants to seven. Last year, Rick Bates became the first to file a suit, followed by four more ex-paperboys earlier this year. The suit alleges the Democrat & Chronicle either knew, or should have known, that an employee in circulation, Jack Lazeroff, abused young workers in his ...

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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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Suit claims Phoenix schools tolerated widespread sexual abuse for decades

No fewer than 3 women say they were raped by teachers OSWEGO — A lawsuit filed this week under state Child Victims Act statutes alleges a pair of faculty members of the Phoenix Central School District perpetrated widespread abuse against students in the 1960s and 1970s. The 62-page complaint, a civil suit in state Supreme Court filed in Oswego and reviewed by The Palladium-Times, concerns four individuals, all of whom were adolescent girls at the time of the alleged abuse. For this story, The Palladium-Times spoke with two of the plaintiffs — Catherine Durings...

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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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Number of WNY priests accused in Child Victims Act suits grows to 173

Child Victims Act lawsuits filed over the past year have accused 173 Catholic priests in Western New York of sexually abusing children. More than 30 of those priests were accused publicly for the first time only in recent weeks, including one cleric who has continued to run a South Buffalo parish despite being linked to abuse in a July lawsuit. Some of the alleged abuses date to the early 1950s. Most of the priests are deceased. A Hawaii man who is now in his 80s said in court papers that Cohane abused him multiple times, starting in 1951 on a hike into the ...

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Hospital Employee Charged, Number Of Victims Growing

The number of victims is growing in the case against West Penn Hospital after employee Guy Caley was charged with using a hidden camera to secretly record employees and patients. Marsh Law Firm partner Katie Shipp gives this exclusive interview to KDKA's Jennifer Borrasso.

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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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