Sex Abuse News & Information

Leading sexual abuse advocates urge Congress to investigate the US Tennis Association over its failure to protect athletes

Congress presented with substantial evidence that USTA avoided implementation of measures to better protect athletes in the face of rampant sexual abuse. Click here for the PDF document presented to Congress Backed by dozens of documents from the US Tennis Association (USTA) showing a callous disregard for the safety of athletes, leading sexual abuse advocates are calling for Congressional intervention and an investigation into USTA leadership. Nancy Hogshead, Olympic champion, civil rights lawyer, and CEO of Champion Women, a nonprofit providing legal advocacy for girls and women in sports, Child USA CEO Marci Hamilton, and Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard attorney Robert Allard submitted the 260-page document to members of Congress.  All three leaders agree that the way USTA has handled sex abuse claims is far…

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Sexual abuse lawsuit filed against Twin Rivers Unified School District

Following the sexual misconduct arrest of Del Paso Heights Elementary School teacher Kim Wilson last month, one of his victims is now filing a sexual abuse lawsuit against the Twin Rivers Unified School District.

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Lawsuit filed against Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys, alleging he raped an underage disabled teenager

A civil lawsuit was filed against Backstreet Boys pop star Nick Carter for the February 2001 rape of a 17-year-old girl. “We want entertainers like Carter to know that just because they’re famous they’re not above the law,” said attorney Mark Boskovich of the San Jose-based law firm Corsiglia McMahon & Allard.

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Los Gatos Union School District settles sexual abuse lawsuit brought by two victims of fifth grade teacher

LGUSD has agreed to pay a total of $5.1 million to two sexual abuse victims who were sexually abused as children by Blossom Hill Elementary School teacher and youth theater director Joseph Brian Houg.

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High school district settles sexual abuse lawsuit brought by former Los Gatos track star

The Los Gatos Saratoga Union High School District has agreed to pay a former student-athlete $3.485 million for the sexual abuse she endured for more than three years. Beginning in 1999, student “Jane Doe” was abused by Los Gatos High School Assistant Track Coach Chioke Robinson, who began grooming her to accept his sexual advances when she was a 14-year-old freshman. The grooming escalated, and Robinson began having intercourse with Jane when she was 15. Jane’s settlement was negotiated by Corsiglia McMahon & Allard attorney Lauren Cerri. “This tragedy never should have happened,” Cerri said. “Another young female track athlete testified that she told head coach Willie Harmatz in 1998 that she was uncomfortable around Robinson. That girl’s complaints fell on deaf ears. All Harmatz…

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Mission College $7.6 million rape settlement

Law firm of Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard announces that West Valley-Mission Community College District settles for $7.6 million with disabled rape victim The West Valley- Mission Community College District will pay a disabled rape victim $7.6 million as a result of a lawsuit filed by the law firm of Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard. The lawsuit filed in 2020 alleged that district officials failed to protect a now 26-year-old developmentally disabled woman from a known sexual predator. The alleged predator, Raymond Ruiz, was an instructional aide in the Program for Students with Developmental Disabilities that holds classes at Mission College in Santa Clara. “In our investigation, we discovered that Raymond Ruiz had sexually assaulted one student and physically assaulted another,” attorney Mark Boskovich said. “However, Ruiz’s…

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Law firm of Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard files sexual abuse lawsuit against Los Banos Unified School District and Merced County Office of Education

A sexual abuse lawsuit was filed in Merced County Superior Court alleging that former Merced County educators, Gary Bettencourt and Dusty Norris, sexually abused two young students. The complaint alleges that Norris abused her during the 2004-2005 school year. At the time Norris was employed by the Merced County of Education (MCOE) as an ROP teacher at Los Banos High School. The lawsuit also identifies Jane Doe 2 as a victim of both Norris and Bettencourt. Norris is still awaiting trial on charges that he allegedly sexually abused Jane Doe 1 and Jane Doe 2 while he was an ROP instructor.

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Child sexual abuse lawsuit filed against Butte County school district by law firm of Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard

The law firm of Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard has filed a sexual abuse lawsuit in Butte County Superior Court alleging the Thermalito Union Elementary School District was negligent for failing to protect an eight-year-old second grade student. The victim was in second grade when she was sexually abused starting in 2006 when she was abused between 2006-2009 at Poplar Avenue Elementary School in Thermalito, which is near Oroville. Her abuser, paraeducator You Lee Vang, was found guilty in 2015 of sexually molesting four children, including Jane Doe. He is serving 24 years in state prison.

The lawsuit claims that Doe’s sexual abuse could have been prevented if the school had properly supervised Vang.

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San Jose Berryessa Union School District facing lawsuit from multiple sexual abuse victims of teacher Ronald Gardner

Former Sierramont Middle School teacher is now suspected of sexually abusing five students. The Berryessa Union School District could have stopped the abuse according to a lawsuit filed against the District.

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