As horror stories about sexually abusive priests began to dot the Democrat and Chronicle front page, two readers contacted the newspaper out of the blue.
They challenged reporters to turn the same scrutiny on their own house. Look into a former newspaper employee named Jack J. Lazeroff, the readers said.
Democrat and Chronicle reporters did begin an investigation and have found evidence that Lazeroff, who worked in the newspaper’s circulation department in the 1980s, might have been a sexual predator — and Democrat and Chronicle paperboys might have been among ...
A late supervisor of Democrat and Chronicle newspaper delivery carriers, who was accused in a recent lawsuit of sexually abusing a paperboy in the 1980s, was arrested in 1987 on suspicion that he was groping paperboys in a Greece doughnut shop.
Jack Lazeroff, the supervisor, was charged with disorderly conduct, a violation, according to the police report.
An employee of the shop, House of Donuts on Latta Road, told police that Lazeroff came into the store “almost daily with a young paperboy,” according to the report.
The report read that an employee ...
PLATTSBURGH — The day M.G. turned 23, he lost the chance to sue his childhood abuser. Now, nearly three decades later, the Child Victims Act has returned his voice.
In his lawsuit against what was once St. John’s Church and Academy in the city of Plattsburgh, as well as the Diocese of Ogdensburg, M.G. is suing for negligence, no apportionment of liability and outrage and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
M.G. said he had been sexually abused in his mid-teens by former St. John’s priest Father Thomas Squires, who is named in the suit, and, with the ...
Bates recounted a series of forced sexual acts he said he endured in 1983, when he was 11 and 12 years old, and a paperboy for the Democrat and Chronicle.
Now, he is suing the newspaper and its parent company, Gannett Co., under a new state law allowing individuals who allege they were sexually abused as children to seek civil damages. A lawyer for Bates said the lawsuit would be filed Tuesday.
The complaint, which was provided to CITY in advance of being filed in state Supreme Court, identifies the alleged perpetrator as Jack Lazeroff, a former employee ...
The city government is potentially facing 17 new child sexual abuse lawsuits and tens of millions of dollars in legal exposure, a Manhattan law firm revealed in a recent letter to the city comptroller.
In the Oct. 11 letter, lawyer Jennifer Freeman tells Comptroller Scott Stringer her clients plan on filing “at least" 17 lawsuits against the city in the coming months and calls out the city Education Department and the Administration for Children’s Services specifically for past abuse.
“A worldwide spotlight has now been placed on the wrongdoing of major ...
Rochester, N.Y. — Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - For about five hours, sex abuse survivors and attorneys lobbed questions at Bishop Salvatore Matano as well as the CFO of the Catholic Diocese of Rochester.
It was the first meeting of the creditors in the diocese's bankruptcy case, which was filed last month after being slapped with dozens of sex abuse lawsuits.
The 'creditors' in this case, is sex abuse survivors. A committee of nine survivors will help settle the cases faced by the diocese.
The survivors and attorneys questioned the diocese over its finances, ...
An explosion in reports of child sexual abuse imagery on the internet is prompting the authorities to step up pressure on technology companies over their use of encryption — and Facebook, which flags by far the largest amount of the material, is drawing outsize attention.
The tension is part of a growing debate over privacy and policing in the digital age. Law enforcement groups have long lamented the use of encryption, a tool that protects personal data from hackers and government surveillance but also lets child predators and other criminals hide their online ...
NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Advocates for survivors of abuse related to the Catholic Church are hopeful but skeptical of an independent review that found the New York Archdiocese is actively working towards preventing abuse.
Any improvement in how the Catholic Church treats children is good, according to attorney Michael Pfau, partner at Pfau, Cochran, Vertetis, Amala, in partnership with The Marsh Firm.
“Of course, the baseline you start at, the Catholic Church has a dismal history," said Pfau, who represents dozens of people who claim to have been abused ...
Tech companies are reporting a boom in online photos and videos of children being sexually abused — a record 45 million illegal images were flagged last year alone — exposing a system at a breaking point and unable to keep up with the perpetrators, an investigation by The New York Times found.
The spiraling activity can be attributed in part to a neglectful federal government, overwhelmed law enforcement agencies and struggling tech companies. And while global in scope, the problem is firmly rooted in the United States because of the role Silicon Valley ...