The Hartford Courant reports on an alleged teacher sex assault of a female student in Ledyard, Connecticut. Here is the story: http://www.courant.com/community/ledyard/hc-ledyard-student-sex-assault-0701-20140630,0,6877621.story
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On May 28 and 29, 2014, the case of John Doe v. Arturo Bravo was tried to the court at New Britain Superior Court in New Britain, Connecticut. The case involves a claim by a young man that he was sexually molested by his great uncle when he was a much younger boy. The case was tried before Judge Trial Referee, Joseph Shortall. The trial featured several witnesses including two other men who testified that they were also sexually molested by the defendant when they were young boys. The plaintiff in the case was represented by Attorney Timothy L. O’Keefe of the Hartford, Connecticut trial law firm of Kenny, O’Keefe & Usseglio, P.C.
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.
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
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
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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:
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.
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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.
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: