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Child Sex Assault Case To Begin Trial in New Britain Superior Court

The child sex assault case of Doe v. Arturo Bravo is scheduled to begin trial on May 28, 2014 at New Britain Superior Court. The minor plaintiff in the case claims that he was sexually molested by the defendant when he was between the approximate ages of eight and thirteen. The case seeks compensatory and punitive damages for the harm caused by the sexual assaults. The minor plaintiff and his family are represented by Timothy O’Keefe of the Hartford, Connecticut trial law firm of Kenny, O’Keefe & Usseglio, P.C.


Monroe, Connecticut Piano Teacher Arrested for Sex Assault

A 68 year old piano teacher has been arrested in connection with an allegation that he sexually assaulted two of his students.  The Hartford Courant has coverage of the story here: http://www.courant.com/community/monroe/hc-monroe-assault-arrest-0417-20140416,0,3588268.story


Arrest Made in Teacher Sex Abuse Case

Teacher sex abuse is a crime.  A Waterbury, Connecticut high school teacher was recently arrested in connection with a claim of teacher sex abuse.  You can read more about the story in the Hartford Courant:  http://www.courant.com/community/waterbury/hc-waterbury-teacher-sexual-assault-0217-20140216,0,47858.story

 

If you need to speak with a Connecticut Teacher Sex Abuse Lawyer, please contact us directly.


Dylan Farrow Speaks Out About Child Sex Abuse

The New York Times has printed an “Open Letter” from Dylan Farrow which recounts her experience of being sexually molested when she was just seven years old.  It is another example of the extraordinary difficulties faced by those who reveal their experiences of being abused by a well-known and powerful person.  You can read the “Open Letter” here:

http://kristof.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/02/01/an-open-letter-from-dylan-farrow/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=1&


Seeking Justice for Victims of Child Pornography

On Wednesday, January 22, 2014, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a landmark child pornography case.  At issue, is the amount of financial restitution that convicted offenders must pay to the victims of their crimes.  The name of the case is Paroline v. The United States.  The convicted offender in the case appealed an order made by the United State Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit requiring him to pay restitution for the “full” amount of his victim’s harms.  The offender claims he owes nothing because the victim is unable to prove that his possession of the pornographic images proximately caused the victim’s harm.  The Supreme Court must now determine Congress’ intent when it passed the restitution law in 1994.  Hopefully, the victim will be allowed to obtain full restitution for her harms.

 

If you are a Child Pornography Victim and you need assistance with Restitution, please contact us directly.


Connecticut Superior Court Rejects Assumption of Risk Defense

A Connecticut Superior Court judge has rejected a defendant’s attempt to claim that a sex assault victim “assumed the risk” of her assault by five males at a New Year’s Eve party. In the case of Doe v. Roe, the victim of a sexual assault sued five perpetrators for civil damages claiming she was restrained, sexually assaulted and photographed against her will.  One of the five defendants filed a “special defense” in court arguing that the victim’s claim for damages should be barred, in whole or in part, because she “assumed the risk” of the assault.  The judge rejected the defense and granted the plaintiff’s motion to strike the defense from the case.

Connecticut Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Sex Assault Conviction

In a well-reasoned decision, the Connecticut Supreme Court, in the case of State of Connecticut v. Ferdinand R., upheld the sexual assault conviction of the defendant.  The defendant had been found guilty by a jury of violation Connecticut General Statute Section 53a-70b which addresses the sexual assault of a spouse.  The defendant appealed his conviction and argued that the trial court improperly instructed the jury that the state only had to prove a “general intent” to violate the statute in order to gain a conviction.  The defendant argued that, because the allegations giving rise to his arrest involved his spouse,  the state should have to prove “specific intent” to violate the statute- a much more challenging standard.  The Supreme Court ruled that proof of “general intent” is all that is required to obtain a conviction.  It upheld the twenty year jail sentence for this sexual predator.

 

If you would like a Free Consultation concerning a Sexual Assault Claim, please contact us directly: http://www.ctchildsexabuselawyer.com/

Plainville Man Shared 20 Girls’ Nude Pictures, Police Say

The United States Supreme Court is going to hear a case involving whether victims of child pornography are entitled to seek financial restitution from people who view or otherwise make use of their pornographic images.  The Hartford Courant recently reported on a Plainville, Connecticut man who collected and shared obscene photographs of more than twenty underage girls.  You can read more about that case here:

http://www.courant.com/community/plainville/hc-plainville-nude-photos-1001-20130930,0,526412.story


Court Grants $750,000.00 Attachment Order in School Van Sex Assault Case

On September 25, 2013, Judge Sam Sferrazza issued an order granting a $750,000.00 attachment to the family of a young girl who was sexually assaulted by a school van driver.  The order was issued in the case of Doe v. King in Rockville Superior Court.  The order says that, “the plaintiff has demonstrated probable cause that a judgment will be rendered in her favor…”

The plaintiff in the case is represented by Attorney Timothy O’Keefe of the Hartford trial law firm of Kenny, O’Keefe & Usseglio, P.C.

Connecticut Supreme Court Upholds Sex Assault Conviction

In a decision released on August 6, 2013, the Connecticut Supreme Court has upheld a criminal conviction of a child sex predator.  The defendant in the case, State v. Stephen, J.R., appealed his conviction of sixteen counts of sexual assault in the first degree and risk of injury to a minor claiming the testimony of his child victim was too “generic” and “non-specific” to allow for a conviction on multiple counts.  The child had testified at trial that the defendant had sexually assaulted her “three or four times” and it was “always the same thing”.  During a previous clinical child interview at the Aetna Foundation Children’s Center at St. Francis Hospital, the child testified that the sexual assaults occurred “five to six times”.   On appeal, the defendant argued that there was insufficient evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that he abused the child on four separate and distinct occasions.

Writing for a unanimous court, Justice Andrew McDonald wrote that sometimes “testimony from a child victim describing a series of indistinguishable acts by an abuser who has ongoing access to the child is often the only evidence that the child is able to provide.”  Judge McDonald also reiterated this state’s long held view that our courts “will not impose a degree of certitude as to date, time and place that will render prosecutions of those who sexually abuse children impossible.  To do so would have us establish, by judicial fiat, a class of crimes committable with impunity”.  The court upheld the convictions of the defendant.
If you would like to discuss legal representation for a claim for civil damages arising out of a child sex assault, please use the Free Case Evaluation Form on this website.  All inquiries will be handled with 100% confidentiality.

 


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