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Suspicious Assignment Histories Are Not Just in the Movies: Fr. Thomas Harkin and the Diocese of Camden, NJ

Suspicious Assignment Histories Are Not Just in the Movies: Fr. Thomas Harkin and the Diocese of Camden, NJ

With eight short parish assignments, two leaves of absence, two assignments outside the Diocese, permanent removal as a priest and four sexual abuse lawsuits, Fr. Thomas Harkins has a history right out of the Spotlight movie. One of the most informative aspects of the movie Spotlight, that depicted the Boston Globe’s news coverage of the…
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Jury Awards $2.1 Million to Abuse Victims

Jury Awards $2.1 Million to Abuse Victims

(Minneapols, Minnesota) A Hennepin County jury awarded two victims of sexual abuse by local Casting Director Matthew Feeney, $2,073,078.04 for past and future emotional distress and health care costs. The verdict came at the end of a three-day jury trial held in Hennepin County District Court in front of Hon. Thomas Sipkins. Minneapolis attorney Patrick…
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With abuse law ending, Diocese of Winona faces uncertain future

With abuse law ending, Diocese of Winona faces uncertain future

By Jerome Christenson, Winona Daily News On May 31, 1958, Thomas Paul Adamson was ordained a priest for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Winona. More than a half-century later, the Diocese of Winona has received 36 accusations of child sexual abuse by Adamson, one of 17 men who served as priests in the diocese who…
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As Boy Scout Leader and AAU Swim Coach, David J. Beardsley’s Sexual Abuse of Children Spans Across St. Paul Youth Organizations

St. Paul Man Files Sexual Abuse Lawsuit Against AAU

At a press conference, Plaintiff, Jon Landstrom and his attorney Patrick Noaker will announce that they have filed a civil lawsuit in Ramsey County District Court against the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU), the head coach of his Roseville-based AAU Swimming team, David Luedtke and Assistant Coach David J. Beardsley, for sexual abuse committed by David…
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Rochester Man Comes Forward About Sexual Abuse by Boy Scout Leader

Rochester Man Comes Forward About Sexual Abuse by Boy Scout Leader

(St. Paul, Minnesota—April 19, 2016)— Today, a Rochester man filed a civil lawsuit in Olmsted County District Court against the Boy Scouts of America and the Rochester-based Gamehaven Council for sexual abuse committed by his Boy Scout Leader Jack D. Tibbetts. According to court documents, John Doe 160, now age 66, was twelve years old…
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Lawsuit Shines “Spotlight” on Sexual Abuse of Navajo Children within the Lamanite Placement Program

Lawsuit Shines “Spotlight” on Sexual Abuse of Navajo Children within the Lamanite Placement Program

Photo of MM (March 23, 2016 – Gallup, New Mexico).  Two enrolled members of the Navajo Nation filed suit against LDS Family Services and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, commonly known as the “Mormon” or “LDS” Church, stemming from child sexual abuse that occurred during the Church’s “Lamanite Placement Program” in the…
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Businessman faces lawsuits related to sexual abuse

Businessman faces lawsuits related to sexual abuse

By Gretchen Brown on Mar 2, 2016 at 11:33 p.m. West Central Tribune (Willmar, MN) — Willmar businessman Peter Clare Hoagland pleaded guilty in October to eight counts of criminal sexual conduct in Kandiyohi County District Court, but his use of an Alford plea means he never was asked to admit to specific allegations. Two…
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Press Conference: Lawsuit and Abuse in San Diego Modeling Industry

Press Conference: Lawsuit and Abuse in San Diego Modeling Industry

WHAT: Press Conference.  Janine Kyser, formerly of San Diego, and her attorneys will discuss a civil sexual abuse lawsuit filed with the Superior Court of the State of California onWednesday, February 24, 2016.  Janine will talk about the risk of sexual harm to children in the modeling industry and use her story of abuse as an…
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Girls abused by clergy members, and others, are focus of new team

By Jean Hopfensperger, Star Tribune A national team of lawyers has joined forces to focus on a group of children who are underrepresented in clergy abuse cases — namely, girls. The group announced its first legal action Monday, a suit by a Minnesota woman who charges that she was sexually abused for several years in the…
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Man claims Minnesota nun sexually abused him in the ’60s

Man claims Minnesota nun sexually abused him in the ’60s

By Curtis Gilbert, MPR The Archdiocese of New Ulm faces a lawsuit over alleged sexual abuse by a nun in the 1960s. It’s the first case involving a nun filed under a Minnesota law temporarily lifting the statute of limitations on child sexual abuse lawsuits. Doug Devorak claims Sister Mary Regina Hebig repeatedly fondled him…
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