At Jeff Anderson & Associates we represent survivors who have been sexually abused by individuals in a variety of settings. Our cases involve both individual offenders as well as the institutions responsible for inadequate policies, concealing abuse, or hiding abusers.
We have nearly three decades of experience working with survivors of clergy sexual abuse. We have litigated cases nationwide against Catholic dioceses and religious orders, protestant religious organizations, and individual offenders. In each case we strive to work directly with the survivor to empower him or her to regain their dignity and recover their power.
In recent years we have helped expose the problem of sexual abuse in the Boy Scouts of America. Abuse by Scoutmasters and Scout Leaders of young boys participating in community Boy Scout programs is a tragic example of sexual abuse committed by close and trusted mentors. Our work with survivors of sexual abuse in the Boy Scouts revealed thousands of pages of internal Boy Scout “perversion” files and led to exposure of dozens of Minnesota Scout leaders who have been accused of abuse.
In 2012 Lynn Seibel was arrested for his abuse of boys at Shattuck-St. Mary’s school, where he worked as a teacher and dorm parent from 1992-2003. Since then Jeff Anderson & Associates has unearthed a culture of cover-up at Shattuck-St. Mary’s in all levels of administration revealing administrators knew about Seibel and other teachers’ abuse of boys, but chose not to act.
Our experience litigating sexual abuse cases includes cases of abuse by teachers and coaches in schools across Minnesota. One of our most recent and prominent cases involves a male teacher accused of sexual abuse of several girls in Bemidji, Minnesota.
We have handled a number of cases of childhood sexual abuse involving individual offenders. Whether abuse by a teacher, coach, family member, community leader, friend, or stranger, each case is unique and requires special attention and consideration.
Jeff Anderson & Associates is widely known and well-respected as one of the nation’s leading law firms representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse.
For nearly three decades Jeff Anderson and his team of attorneys and advocates have worked to empower survivors of clergy sexual abuse, to seek justice for harm done, and to create institutional change in religious dioceses and organizations across the country.
Locally, the Minnesota Child Victims Act has given sexual abuse survivors of all ages a unique, three-year window of opportunity to pursue a legal case for the abuse they suffered as a child. With confidentiality and compassion, Jeff Anderson & Associates can help you or someone you know who has been abused by a priest seek justice in Minnesota courts.
Whether the sexual abuse happened in Crookston or Clara City, Saint Paul or Saint Joseph, Jeff Anderson & Associates can confidentially pursue your case in pursuit of hope, healing, and accountability. The window under the Child Victims Act expires on May 25, 2016, so contact us soon for a free and private consultation.
If you were abused by a Scoutmaster or Scout leader in Minnesota, we want to help you. Jeff Anderson & Associates has experienced Boy Scout lawyers who have worked with survivors of abuse by Scoutmasters, scout leaders, and other volunteers of the Boy Scouts of America. If you decide to take action your privacy will be respected and your identity can remain confidential throughout the entire process. We are here to help you find justice and healing.
From the 1920s to present day, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has maintained an internal filing system of scout leaders accused of misconduct, including sexual abuse. The “Ineligible Volunteer Files” (IV Files) constitute five categories, including sexual misconduct, a.k.a., Perversion Files. These Perversion Files illustrate the knowledge that the BSA has about the history and context of sexual abuse of children within scouting. Significantly, Courts have ordered the release of these files as part of numerous court cases throughout the country. In fall 2012, the Perversion Files from the years 1965 to 1985 were made public.
As experienced Boy Scout sexual abuse lawyers, we are dedicated to exposing more predators within the Boy Scouts of America throughout the nation and bringing justice to those seeking healing and hope in their path toward recovery. In January 2013, in the case of John Doe 180 v. The National Boy Scouts of America Foundation et al., a Ramsey County District Court Judge ordered the release of the Boy Scouts of America’s confidential Perversion Files from 1999-2008. That production amounted to the release of 1539 IV Files.
Within a selected state list, click the name of an accused Scoutmaster, scout leader or volunteer to access biographical information, accusation and abuse details, as well as links to IV Files and related news articles. All information has been collected from public sources.
In December of 2018, the Wall Street Journal reported that, between dwindling numbers and mounting sexual abuse allegations, the Boy Scouts of America was considering filing for bankruptcy. As demonstrated over the years by Catholic dioceses facing similar circumstances, this option stands to benefit the organization far more than those hurt by perpetrators within it; but survivors still may have a claim against the Boy Scouts and a path, not only to justice, but to greater safety for all children involved in scouts through the release of secret IV Files on perpetrators within the BSA.
Understanding what Chapter 11 really means is crucial to finding the most direct path to healing and justice. If you are a survivor of sexual abuse by a Scout leader, Scoutmaster or other volunteer or employee of the Boy Scouts of America, Contact us today. We are experienced in this area of law and have handled several similar bankruptcy cases involving institutions responsible for child sexual abuse committed by their personnel. We have compiled the following information to serve as a basic introduction to Chapter 11 bankruptcy and what this could mean in the context of the Boy Scouts.
Unlike Chapter 7 bankruptcy, where the debtor liquidates business assets to pay its creditors (usually at the cost of maintaining business operations), Chapter 11 is a bankruptcy process in which the debtor maintains control of its business and property while the court supervises its restructuring and the implementation of a plan to repay creditors.
Simply put, Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection allows an organization like the Boy Scouts of America to keep doing “business as usual” while actively settling its debts – the debts here being BSA’s responsibility for sexual abuse claims of Scouts. There are two major factors that make this possible which should be on the radar of anyone considering filing a sexual abuse claim against the Boy Scouts of America: financial reorganization and a claims bar date.
Financial Reorganization: This is a technical term for moving money and assets around internally to allow debts amassed by the Claims Bar Date (see below) to be more easily paid off without disrupting the flow of business. It is likely that throughout the Chapter 11 process, troops will continue to meet, uniforms will continue to be fabricated, camps will remain open, and general operations will continue undisturbed. In all likelihood, no one currently participating in Scouts will be directly impacted by the filing, unlike the insurance providers of the BSA that could shoulder the majority of the financial strain.
Claims Bar Date: An important part of this process provides that the court set a “claims bar date,” which is a date marking the deadline by which all survivors must formally file a claim with the court. After the claims bar date, a survivor could be denied any sort of recovery from the Boy Scouts of America. This helps the Boy Scouts of America limit the number of claims that can be submitted and makes filing in the future more difficult. In a way, this is a lot like the organization hitting the “Reset” button; giving it a fresh start and leaving survivors yet-to-submit-a-claim left with the burdens of the past and limited means for relief.
The Boy Scouts filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy greatly compresses the timeline for survivors of abuse to file a claim. Survivors need to act quickly and decisively, before a potential claims bar date arrives. If you are a survivor of sexual abuse while in Scouts, you have a right to justice and healing. We are ready to believe you and fight for you. Contact us today. Your information will remain completely confidential.
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In 2012, Minnesota was rocked by a revelation that the prestigious boarding school and hockey powerhouse, Shattuck – St. Mary’s, in Faribault, Minnesota, had a secret and tragic history of sexual coercion and sexual abuse. According to reports, teachers such as Lynn Seibel were permitted by the school administration to sexually exploit children for years without the threat of repercussion or police involvement. The insular culture and isolated nature of the elite boarding school created an environment wherein teachers could exploit their authority and trust to sexualize behavior among students. Throughout the years, top administrators had knowledge of the abusive activities, but chose to conceal the conduct and not to contact law enforcement.
If you were abused by a teacher or dorm parent at Shattuck – St. Mary’s, we want to help you. If you call us you will have an opportunity to speak to an experienced lawyer to discuss an action for compensation and justice. We also want you to know that if you decide to take action your privacy will be respected and your identity can remain confidential throughout the entire process.
Lynn Seibel was arrested in California in August 2012 and charged with 14 felony counts of criminal sexual misconduct for the alleged sexual abuse of six male students at Shattuck-St. Mary’s from 1999 to 2003. Seibel worked at Shattuck-St. Mary’s from 1992 to 2003 and became head of the boy’s dormitory and chair of the drama department. Seibel was accused of supervising naked dance parties (NDPs) with students in the male dormitory, measuring students’ genitals, and engaging in other forms of sexual abuse.
Joseph Machlitt was an arts and photography teacher at Shattuck-St. Mary’s. Machlitt sexually abused a student at Shattuck-St. Mary’s in 1980 and, in November 2012, was charged with 1 count of criminal sexual conduct and 2 counts of attempted criminal sexual conduct for his actions.
Leonard Jones was a teacher and dorm parent at Shattuck-St. Mary’s. In December 2008, after being confronted about his sexual abuse of a young female student, Jones killed himself.
Jeff Anderson & Associates represents individuals who have been sexually abused as students by teachers and coaches at both public and private schools, religious and secular institutions.
Past cases include sexual abuse by Jerry Sandusky, a long-time football coach and assistant to Joe Paterno, in a case against Sandusky and Penn State. Sandusky was criminally charged and convicted for 45 counts of child sexual abuse. He was sentenced to at least 30 years in prison. Civil cases alleging abuse by Sandusky later settled outside of court.
Learn more about our experience in sexual abuse at Penn State University.
Recently, we sued the Bemidji, Minnesota School District (ISD 31) for its role in John Wangberg’s sexual abuse of girls at Central Elementary School. The lawsuit alleges Wangberg sexually abused young girls in his office at the school and the school district was negligent in allowing Wangberg access to children. Wangberg was criminally charged for the sexual abuse in January 2013 and later took his own life.
Jeff Anderson & Associates has also represented survivors of sexual abuse in cases against Shattuck-St. Mary’s school in Faribault, Minnesota and Yeshiva University in New York, among others.