2013 August

Aug 26, 2013: Serious Questions Remain Unanswered at Yeshiva University

When sexual abuse allegations surfaced at Yeshiva University High School in late 2012, the school hired a prominent law firm to independently investigate these serious allegations involving at least two staff members, Rabbi George Finkelstein and Rabbi Macy Gordon with the stated focus being to “perform a full and complete independent investigation of these reports and any other reports of sexual or physical abuse of University students.” Both Finkelstein and Gordon were at the school for a combined 64 years and no doubt came into contact with hundreds, if not thousands of young students.

Aug 22, 2013: News Release: Bemidji School District Named in Three Sexual Abuse Lawsuits

 News ReleaseAugust 22, 2013 Bemidji School District Named in Three Sexual Abuse Lawsuits Despite a complaint to a school official, teacher John Wangberg was allowed unsupervised access to children at Central Elementary School Child predator taught kids in the school district since the early 1980s (Bemidji, MN) – Three lawsuits were filed Wednesday in Beltrami County naming the Bemidji School District, ISD 31 as the defendant in cases involving the sexual abuse of three young students at Central Elementary School. Plaintiffs Doe 12, 13 and 14 allege former physical education teache…

Aug 19, 2013: Lawyer says first Penn State abuse claim settled

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A young man who testified he was fondled by former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has reached a settlement that gives him some peace of mind while putting the university in a better position to recover the money through a third party, the man’s attorney says. The settlement is the first among dozens of claims made against the school amid the Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. The Philadelphia Inquirer first reported that the young man known as “Victim 5,” who took the stand at Sandusky’s criminal trial and sentencing last year, settled for several mi…

Aug 19, 2013: Lawyer says first Penn State abuse claim settled

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A young man who testified he was fondled by former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has reached a settlement that gives him some peace of mind while putting the university in a better position to recover the money through a third party, the man’s attorney says.
The settlement is the first among dozens of claims made against the school amid the Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.
The Philadelphia Inquirer first reported that the young man known as “Victim 5,” who took the stand at Sandusky’s criminal trial and sentencing last year, settled for several mi…

Aug 14, 2013: News Release: 32 Victims Allege Sexual Abuse atYeshiva University High School in New York

 (New York, NY) – The nationally prominent child sex abuse law firm of Jeff Anderson & Associates, has teamed up with New York-based attorney Kevin T. Mulhearn to announce the addition of more survivors of abuse in a sexual abuse lawsuit filed in the Southern District of New York naming as defendants Yeshiva University, Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy-Yeshiva University High School for Boys, Rabbi N…

Aug 14, 2013: Leader-Telegram: Pediatrician facing trial has travel restriction eased

  Eau Claire pediatrician David Van de Loo will be allowed to leave Wisconsin for his three-week criminal jury trial in Superior in January and February. Van de Loo’s attorney, Rich White of Eau Claire, made the request Tuesday so Van de Loo could stay in Duluth, Minn., during the trial. There are more accommodations available in Duluth than in Superior, and staying in Minnesota would decrease the likelihood of Van de Loo and prosecution witnesses staying at the same hotel, White said. Eau Claire County Judge Michael Schumacher modified Van de Loo’s $50,000 cash bail to allow him to l…

Aug 14, 2013: Milwaukee Archdiocese’s creditors want ruling halted, judge off case

The Archdiocese of Milwaukee’s creditors have filed motions asking the federal judge in the church’s bankruptcy case to set aside a key ruling and recuse himself from the case over a potential conflict of interest. U.S. District Judge Rudolph T. Randa ruled in late July that forcing the archdiocese to tap the $50 million-plus it holds in a trust for the perpetual care of cemeteries would substantially burden its free expression of religion under the First Amendment and a 1993 federal law aimed at protecting religious liberty. Then Aug. 2, lawyers representing the archdiocese’s creditors — pr…

Aug 14, 2013: Newark Archbishop Myers said Bad Paperwork to Blame for his not seeing abuse complaint [video]

Testifying about a sexual abuse case that originated when he was the leader of an Illinois diocese, Newark Archbishop John J. Myers said a complaint from a woman who said she was abused never came across his desk, and he blamed a “slipshod filing system” and a high-level official who apparently handled the matter on his own. In a lengthy 2010 deposition, Myers, who was the bishop of the Peoria Diocese for about a decade, said he never suspected that Monsignor Thomas W. Maloney was molesting children. A woman told the diocese’s vicar general in 1995 that the priest abused her as a child. But t…

Aug 13, 2013: Archbishop Myers’ Failure to Protect Children

As we stand beside one of former Priest Thomas Maloney’s courageous victims, Andrew Ward and his family today, and in light of Archbishop Myers’ botched handling of the Michael Fugee and Robert Chabak scandals, it is with concern for past and future victims of clergy sexual abuse that we question Archbishop Myers’ handling of child sexual abuse allegations.   While Father Maloney was employed by the Diocese of Peoria from the 1960s through 2000s, at least three separate allegations of sexual impropriety were made against him by victims or their families. These allegations along with …