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Jury Finds Former USA Swimming National Team Member’s Lawyer Committed Fraud

An Orange County, California jury awarded former Olympic swimming hopeful and USA Swimming National Team member Dagny Knutson $617,810 for the financial and emotional harm caused by her former attorney, Richard Foster. Knutson trusted Foster with her swimming career when she retained him in late 2010, but the aquatics insider instead defrauded Knutson. The Knutson legal team featured attorneys Robert Allard, Jonathan Little, Mark Boskovich and Laura Liccardo. “Dagny was used, abused, manipulated and betrayed by a powerful group of aquatic insiders,” said Allard. “This is full vindication for her. After what she has been through and what she has lost, she deserves it.” Knutson retained Foster to enforce a contractual agreement with former Olympic coach Mark Schubert and USA Swimming. She believed that Foster had…

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Protect Your Child From Coaching Sex Abuse

The success of famous athletes such as Michael Phelps and Missy Franklin inspires children across the nation to start swim lessons. Learn how to protect your kids from coaches who abuse their relationships.

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$15 Million Settlement for O.B. Whaley Molestation Victims

Administrative negligence harms innocent O.B. Whaley molestation victims This case started with a single victim. In January 2012, authorities arrested Craig Chandler on suspicion of molesting a young child at O.B. Whaley Elementary School, where he had worked as a teacher for nine years. As the investigation proceeded, it became clear that he had molested five girls going back to 2010. The jury sentenced Chandler to 75 years in prison. Moreover, O.B. Whaley’s principal, Lyn Vijayendran, who was told of Chandler’s inappropriate behavior but failed to notify police or Child Protective Services, was sentenced to six months in jail. Attorney Robert Allard of Corsiglia McMahon & Allard led the litigation team against the Evergreen Elementary School District. By preparing an airtight case against the District, Mr. Allard’s team…

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Sexual Misconduct by Teachers Highlights Risk of Teacher-Student Texting

Sexual misconduct risk also includes social media “friending” Concerns about teacher-student texting are under debate in Clark County, Nevada. This after a recent spate of sexual misconduct and molestation cases. The Las Vegas Sun examined ten years of sexual misconduct cases by county educators (2005 to 2015). They discovered that half the cases involved private electronic communication between the teacher and the victim. Furthermore, from 2010 to 2015, 80% of sexual misconduct cases involved some form of private electronic communication. This included texting, email, and so forth. As a result, predatory teachers have been using text and email to groom their victims. Four out of five teachers arrested for sexual molestation in Clark County had “voluminous” electronic communication with the victim. Moreover, the parents had no idea that it was…

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Protecting Children from Financial Abuse in Sex Abuse Settlements

What happens when a child receives money from a legal settlement? Whenever a young child receives a financial settlement, the potential for financial fraud exists. Minors don’t have the same rights as adults when it comes to sex abuse settlements. And they cannot enter into any agreements on their own. As a result, this means that they can’t bring lawsuits, make settlement decisions, open bank or investment accounts, fund annuities, or purchase real estate. As a result, a competent adult must perform these acts on the minor’s behalf. Thankfully, the courts in California supervise sex abuse settlements made to minors. Furthermore, court orders are necessary to approve all forms of sex abuse settlements with minor plaintiffs. The Court’s Role in Protecting Children in Sex Abuse Settlements Malfeasance (the misuse or…

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Sex Abuse Lawsuit Filed as a Result of Molestation by Wrestling Coach

Sex Abuse Lawsuit Filed against San Ramon Unified School District Due to Molestation by Wrestling Coach District officials allegedly failed to detect predatory grooming behavior for over ten years, giving coach the opportunity to molest. The San Jose, California law firm of Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard has filed a childhood sexual abuse lawsuit against the San Ramon Unified School District, New Life Church of Alamo and convicted predator and former California High School wrestling coach Kevin Lopez. The lawsuit claims that the District violated the law by failing to report Lopez to the police following a complaint by a parent. Instead, it is alleged that the high school conducted its own investigation. Lopez continued to be given “one-on-one” access to children. “Based on the investigation that we…

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Audrie Pott Case

Justice for Audrie Pott and Her Family Audrie Pott was just 15 years old when she was sexually assaulted. She was then photographed and humiliated at school by her assailants. Audrie Pott took her life eight days later. After waiting seven months for law enforcement to charge the assailants, the parents of Audrie Pott turned to attorney Robert Allard. Mr. Allard filed a civil lawsuit against the assailants and their families. The civil lawsuit and the publicity surrounding Audrie’s sexual assault and suicide led to two significant changes in the law and a public apology from the assailants. The San Jose Mercury News reported that the civil case did a “service to the broader public” by “reminding us of the courts’ ability to bring clarity to societal…

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Former O.B. Whaley principal convicted of failing to report child abuse

A Santa Clara County Superior Court jury convicted former O.B. Whaley Elementary School principal Lyn Vijayendran of failing to report suspected child abuse in the case involving former teacher Craig Chandler. The San Jose Mercury News reports that Vijayendran faced up to six months in jail if convicted. Vijayendran agreed to be sentenced immediately and Judge Deborah Ryan reportedly sentenced her to six months court probation, $602 in court fines, and 100 hours of community service. Attorney Robert Allard represents one of Craig Chandler’s alleged sex abuse victims. “This was a much deeper problem that involved much more than just one person making a horrible mistake,” Allard stated during the trial. “This was a systemic failure. In addition to the principal, at least one other…

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Rick Curl Charged with Sex Abuse of Former Swimmer

Update: May 23, 2013 Rick Curl was sentenced to 7 years in prison for the sexual abuse of Kelley Davies Currin more than 30 years ago. Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Marielsa Bernard imposed a 15-year sentence, with all but seven years suspended. The Judge thought it was important to send a message that criminals will be held accountable no matter when they’re caught. More on the sentencing as reported by the Washington Post. Update: February 21, 2013 According to media reports, former USA Swimming and Olympic coach Rick Curl has pleaded guilty to sexually abusing one of his former swimmers. Reports state that Rick Curl remains free on $50,000 bond. Curl will be sentenced on May 23 and is facing up to 15 years…

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