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  • New Jersey Police Investigating Alleged Child Molestation by Sports Video Production Company, Former Youth Ministry Employee July 11, 2017 A New Jersey resident, Ethan Chandler, is facing charges of child molestation and child luring. Chandler ran a sports video production company and is a former youth ministry worker. Criminal charges were filed in Essex County, NJ late last year.
  • Pennsylvania Child Molestation Lawsuits Statute of Limitations Law Changes Up For Consideration (Again) 2017 Update April 7, 2017 Changes to Pennsylvania statute of limitations laws in child sex abuse cases being considered by PA lawmakers again. In the 2017 legislative session, the House and Senate are considering two versions of statute of limitations laws changes.
  • ReJoyce Christian Pre-School in Hainesport, NJ Investigated for Child Sex Abuse January 25, 2017 ReJoyce Christian pre-school in Hainesport, NJ is under investigation for child sex abuse by a teacher’s aide. According to the church pastor, allegations date back to 2014.
  • Top Rated Personal Injury Lawyer in Philadelphia, Brian Kent Sex Assault Victims Lawyer December 14, 2016 Brian Kent is a top rated lawyer for injury law. He handles sex abuse and assault victims cases in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
  • July 5, 2016 Update – Pennsylvania Senate Votes to Pass HB 1947 July 5, 2016 Last week, by a vote of 49-0, the Pennsylvania Senate passed HB 1947 which broadens civil and criminal statute of limitations laws for victims of child molestation. Once passed, the changes to existing law would eliminate civil and criminal statute of limitations laws for child sex abuse in this state. However, the Senate missed a real ...
  • Sex Abuse in Pennsylvania Churches and Schools – In the News Over the Last Decade May 6, 2016 A look at some of Pennsylvania’s most recent child molestation scandals in churches and schools. There is simply no excuse for the extent of the abuse at these types of institutions. However, church and school abuse scandals hit the news year after year.
  • Philadelphia Priest Abuse News Update – New Trial for Lynn? January 22, 2016 Last month, the PA Superior Court issue a major ruling in the William Lynn criminal case. The court ordered a new trial. The DA’s office has filed a motion for reargument which is expected to be ruled on in February. Stay tuned.
  • PA Victims of Sex Abuse News – Endowment Act Fund: $48 Million Set Aside for Victims of Child Sex Abuse in PA December 15, 2015 On December 9, 2015, the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) voted and approved to give 44 entities in PA $3.4 million in grant funding from the Endowment Act Fund. This grant is the first found of grants to come from a $48 million fund endowed by Penn State as a result of the ...
  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court Deals a Blow to Victims of School Sex Abuse August 27, 2015 Earlier this year, Pennsylvania’s highest federal court (3rd Circuit Court of Appeals) asked the Pennsylvania (state) Supreme Court to answer a question about defamation and the defense of judicial privilege. See Schanne v. Addis, August 17, 2015. The question was raised in a defamation lawsuit filed by a former Montgomery County, PA high school teacher ...
  • Philadelphia Priest Abuse Lawsuit News – Brian Kent Represents Man Alleging Child Sex Abuse by a Priest in 1997 August 6, 2015 Last month, Philadelphia crime victim injury lawyer Brian Kent filed a lawsuit against a local area priest and the Philadelphia Archdiocese. The lawsuit alleges sexual abuse by former priest Andrew McCormick. The abuse is alleged to have occurred in 1997 when the plaintiff, identified as “John Doe,” was merely 10 years old. The case was ...
  • New Jersey Sex Abuse, Assault Lawsuits – NJ Lawmakers Need to Move on the Civil Rape Shield Law Bill July 2, 2015 The Civil Rape Shield Law – Protecting Sex Abuse, Assault Victims in Civil Lawsuits For over a year, New Jersey legislators have been considering the Civil Rape Shield Law. This law would mirror a rule of evidence in criminal cases which prevents a victim’s past sexual history from being admitted as evidence at trial. More: Evidence of ...
  • Pennsylvania Considers Major Changes to Civil Legal Rights of Child Sex Abuse Victims in Pennsylvania May 18, 2015 A Civil Sex Abuse Lawyer’s Analysis of House Bill 661 Legislators in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives are pushing major changes in an effort to increase access to the courts for survivors of child molestation and sex abuse. House Bill 661 was introduced by Representative Mark Rozzi, a Democrat serving Berks County. Rozzi is a survivor ...
  • Courage to Face Your Child Abuser – One Man’s Amazing Story of Filing a Civil Lawsuit to Get Justice April 1, 2015 A Story of Healing from Child Molestation In December 1975, Greg Kelly was sexually molested by a long-time friend of the family, someone who knew Greg’s parents over decades. Greg was in the 6th grade at the time, barely a pre-teen. It was an experience which made Greg feel as though he was dying. Watch a YouTube ...
  • Justice in a Civil Child Molestation Lawsuit – Statute of Limitations Laws Create Roadblocks March 11, 2015 Roadblocks to Justice – Statute of Limitations Laws Child molesters often hold a tremendous power over their victims. Abusers are often family friends and people in positions of authority like teachers, members of the clergy, even police officers or medical doctors. That’s why it can take a victim years, if not decades, to come forward and ...
  • Pennsylvania Child Sex Abuse Reporting Law 2014: A Comparison with the Old Law February 9, 2015 In recent years, Pennsylvania child sex abuse reporting law has come under a microscope. This is due to two major child sexual abuse scandals. First, there was the Philadelphia priest sexual abuse scandal which resulted in a high level priest being convicted of endangering a child. That case is still pending the local District ...
  • Pennsylvania Priest Church Sex Abuse Scandal – Stephen Perzan & Peter Talocci February 13, 2014 Late in 2013, the Philadelphia Archdiocese wrapped up its internal investigation of over 20 priests. The investigation began after a Philadelphia grand jury issued a report revealing shocking allegations of sex abuse by priests in the Philadelphia area. As a result of the investigation, a total of 14 priests were removed from ministry, just over ...
  • Pennsylvania Priest Church Sex Abuse Scandal – Joseph Glatts & Mark Fernandes February 4, 2014 The priest sex abuse scandal involving the Philadelphia Archdiocese has resulted in a number of dismissals. Late last year in December, the Philadelphia Archdiocese announced the fate of seven more priests. Of the seven priests, five more were removed from ministry due to a substantiated finding of either an alleged sexual abuse of a minor ...
  • Philadelphia Priests Removed from Ministry, as of Dec. 2013 January 30, 2014 The Philadelphia priest sex abuse scandal that has rocked the area is far from over. Late last year, the Philadelphia Archdiocese released the results of its internal investigation into over 20 priests. That investigation was sparked by a 2011 Philadelphia Grand Jury report, which found that pedophiles lurked within the walls of various churches throughout ...
  • Philadelphia Priest Sex Abuse Scandal – John P. Paul (January 2014 Update) January 7, 2014 March 2014 Update: John P. Paul Removed from the Ministry Yet another Philadelphia area priest has been placed on leave after a second set of sex abuse allegations surfaced. Last month, the Philadelphia Archdiocese placed Father John P. Paul on administrative leave, pending an investigation into sexual abuse allegations. This particular priest was not previously indicated ...
  • Philadelphia Priest Sex Abuse Scandal – More Priests Removed from Ministry (Dec. 2013 Update) December 19, 2013 PHILADELPHIA, December 19, 2013 Philadelphia’s priest sex abuse scandal is far from over. Last week, the Philadelphia Archdiocese released details regarding the status of seven more Philadelphia area priests. Five priests were removed from the ministry, and two priests were reinstated. One of the five priests removed from duty had previously been cleared and returned to ...
  • Pennsylania Child Sex Abuse Law – Senate to Consider Amending the Statute of Limitations for Victims of Child Sex Abuse October 15, 2013 For immediate release, October 15, 2013 Pennsylvania Senator Rob Teplitz, D-Dauphin and York, has called for other senators to join him in introducing important legislation which would amend the statute of limitations for civil sex abuse cases and open a 2 year window for victims of sex abuse whose civil cases were previously barred by the ...
  • Penn State Sex Abuse Scandal Update – Jerry Sandusky Appeal Denied, 2nd Appeal Likely October 14, 2013 Just last week, Jerry Sandusky’s appeal to the Pennsylvania Superior Court was denied. His lawyers are expected to appeal to the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court. Penn State Sex Abuse Scandal – Background Last summer, a Pennsylvania jury found Jerry Sandusky guilty of over 40 counts. The case began with a long grand jury investigation which began in ...
  • Philadelphia Priest Sex Abuse Case Update – Robert Brennan Charged with Sex Abuse September 27, 2013 For immediate release, September 27, 2013 Another Philadelphia priest has been arrested and charged with sexually abusing a young boy. It is the same song, different tune. Last year, the Philadelphia Archdiocese was rocked by Monsignor Lynn’s conviction for failing to protect innocent child parishioners from known sexually abusive priests. Yesterday, former Philadelphia priest, Robert L. ...
  • Child Sex Abuse Lawsuits – What is Happening in the U.S. September 6, 2013 More States Changing Statute of Limitations Laws in Civil Child Sex Abuse Lawsuits The statute of limitations in child sex abuse cases varies from state to state. Some are two years from the date the victim discovers they were injured by the abuse, while others give child sex abuse victims a certain number of years after ...
  • Using Facebook to Harass Others Can Result in a Criminal Conviction in PA August 20, 2013 It’s official. Thanks to a recent case, Commonwealth v. Cox, in Pennsylvania, a Facebook user may be convicted of harassment. This is a significant case because it means that you may be convicted of a crime if you use any social media website to harass someone. In a recent Pennsylvania Superior court case, a young woman’s ...
  • Arrest Made in Lancaster Girl Abduction July 25, 2013 *For immediate release Earlier this month, a young girl was abducted from her front yard and sexually assaulted. Miraculously, she was found two hours later by teenaged boys. The boys noticed a suspicious car with the girl in it and began following it on their bikes until the abductor let the girl out and drove off. Related: ...
  • Pennsylvania Girl Abducted & Potentially Assaulted, Found & Returned Home July 12, 2013 *For immediate release Yesterday, a five year old girl from Lancaster Township, Pennsylvania was abducted from the yard of her home by an unknown man who is still at large. Miraculously, the girl was recovered two hours later by two neighborhood teenage boys. The boys heard about the abduction and while out riding bikes, saw the ...
  • Brian Kent, Featured Speaker at the National Crime Victim Bar Association Conference July 7, 2013 *For immediate release Firm founder, Brian Kent, will be presenting to hundreds of lawyers at the annual National Crime Victim Bar Association Conference this September. He is one of two featured speakers at the conference. His highly anticipated paper, “Current Issues in Litigating Civil Cases for Crimes at the Workplace,” will be printed in the conference ...
  • Pennsylvania Child Sex Abuse Reporting Law – Proposed Amendments (HB430) June 5, 2013 Below are the proposed changes to Pennsylvania’s Child Sex Abuse Reporting Law via House Bill 430. The additions or amendments are bolded and underlined. Section 6311. Persons required to report suspected child abuse. (c) Staff members of institutions, etc.–Whenever a person is required to report under subsection (b) in the capacity as a member of the staff ...
  • Pennsylvania Child Sex Abuse Law, Legislative Update: HB 430 June 5, 2013 Pennsylvania Legislature Considering Changes to PA’s Child Sex Abuse Reporting Law The Pennsylvania legislature is considering a slew of bills which would change how child sex abuse reports are made and handled in this state. One of those bills would clarify child sex abuse and child abuse reporting procedures. House Bill 430 (HB 430) would amend ...
  • HB 431, Pennsylvania Considers Changes to Prevent Child Sex Abuse May 13, 2013 The Pennsylvania legislature has been considering a slew of bills to aid in the investigation and prevention of child sex abuse. One of the important bills under consideration is HB431. As of May 6, 2013, the bill was referred to the Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee. The bill would amend licensing requirements for certain mandatory ...
  • Pennsylvania Legislature Considers Bill to Aid in Investigation of Child Sex Abuse April 15, 2013 Last week, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives voted on House Bill 90. This is one of the bills which have been submitted this session as a result of the multiple recommendations of the Pennsylvania Task Force on Child Protection. The bill would give prosecuting offices the ability to use special administrative subpoenas to obtain specific computer ...
  • Pennsylvania Task Force on Child Protection Issues Recommendations April 15, 2013 In response to the Jerry Sandusky-Penn State sex abuse scandal, the Pennsylvania legislature and Governor Corbett created the Pennsylvania Task Force on Child Protection. Its mission was to review Pennsylvania laws and state and local procedures in order to make recommendations on how to better facilitate the reporting of child abuse in this state and ...
  • Delaware School Employee Arrested for Sexually Abusing Student March 5, 2013 Last month, a 29 year old Delaware school employee was arrested for sexually abusing a student. He was charged with 25 counts of Rape in the 4th Degree (by a Person of Trust, Authority or Supervision) and 25 counts of Unlawful Sexual Contact of the 2nd Degree as well as Sexual Harassment and Continual Sexual ...
  • New Jersey Child Sex Abuse Lawsuits – Changes to the Statute of Limitations February 20, 2013 Is New Jersey on the Verge of Changing its Statute of Limitations? New Jersey’s Criminal and Civil Statute of Limitations for Child Sex Abuse Cases In New Jersey, there is no statute of limitations for child molestation and other sex abuse related crimes. However, the statute of limitations for civil sex abuse lawsuits is two years after ...
  • Changes to Sex Abuse Laws in the U.S. February 15, 2013 Arkansas on the Verge of Abolishing the Statute of Limitations in Criminal Child Sex Abuse Cases Arkansas may be another state to eliminate the statute of limitations in criminal cases for certain sex crimes involving minors. Under the current version of Arkansas’ criminal sex crimes statutes, criminal cases must be commenced before the victim turns 28 ...
  • New Jersey Teacher Arrested for Sexually Abusing Student February 7, 2013 This morning, a New Jersey elementary school teacher was arrested on suspicion of sexually abusing a 10 year old girl, a 5th grade student. The teacher has been charged with sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a minor. This recent case is far from isolated. In the last 6 months, at least three other teachers ...
  • Soccer Coach Guilty of Sexually Abusing Student January 14, 2013 A small private Baptist school in Maryland was embroiled in a sex abuse scandal this past year. Riverdale Baptist School is a K-12 private school in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Upper Marlboro is a small town located about 30 miles east of Washington D.C. Learn about teacher liability for sexually abusing a student. Last week, the school’s ...
  • Elementary School Teacher Arrested on Suspicion of Sexually Abusing 11 Year Old Girl January 3, 2013 This week, an elementary school teacher was arrested on suspicion of child sex abuse of an 11-year-old girl. Yesterday, a school teacher was arrested for allegedly sexually abusing a former fifth grade student. The girl told investigators that she was sleeping over at her friend’s house when the teacher gave her a pill for a ...
  • Wilmington Delaware Pastor Pleads Guilty to Sex Abuse of Minor December 11, 2012 Earlier this month, a Wilmington, Delaware pastor, Thomas Archie Wiggins, pleaded guilty to molesting a male minor who was under his care. The acts occurred over 10 years ago, in 1998 and 1999, when the teenaged boy stayed at the pastor’s home on weekends and during the summer. Wiggins had been a pastor at the ...
  • High School Principal Sentenced in Student Sex Abuse Case, Second Criminal Case Pending November 28, 2012 Last month, Oregon high school principal, Michael Bremont, accepted a plea deal in a sex abuse case involving a 17 year old high school student. Bremont faces a second criminal charge involving a 15 year old high school student. Ten years ago, Bremont started as a high school administrator in the Central Linn, Oregon school district. ...
  • Philadelphia Sex Abuse Law Firm Supports Philadelphia Children’s Alliance November 20, 2012 Lawyers at Laffey, Bucci & Kent, a Philadelphia Sex Abuse Civil Law Firm Proudly Support the Philadelphia Children’s Alliance *For immediate release The Philadelphia based law firm of Laffey, Bucci & Kent is pleased to announce its corporate sponsorship of the Philadelphia Children’s Alliance. The Philadelphia Children’s Alliance is a unique entity which works to help children victimized ...
  • Pennsylvania & New Jersey Sex Abuse Lawyers November 5, 2012 Representation by a Former Sex Crimes Unit Prosecutor Laffey, Bucci & Kent partner, Brian Kent, is a former sex crimes unit prosecutor and now civil lawyer who represents victims of sex abuse in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Mr. Kent also takes cases in other states, such as New York and Delaware, on a case by case ...
  • Pennsylvania Legislature May Enact Amendments to the Statute of Limitations for Child Sex Abuse Cases October 23, 2012 This summer, House Bill 2488 made its way out of the House Judiciary Committee by a unanimous vote. HB 2488 along with other related bills would eliminate the criminal statute of limitations for various child sex abuse offenses and would extend the civil statute of limitations in child sex abuse cases to the victim’s 50th ...
  • Another Philadelphia Priest Arrested for Child Sex Abuse August 2, 2012 Yet another Philadelphia area Catholic priest is facing criminal charges for sexual abuse of a 10 year old altar boy. Suspended priest, Andrew McCormick, was arrested last week in the Philadelphia area. He has been charged with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, statutory sexual assault, sexual assault, endangering the welfare of a child, corrupting the morals of ...
  • Free Legal Assistance to Victims of Sexual Abuse in Pennsylvania, New York & New Jersey July 23, 2012 *For immediate release Victims of Priest, Clergy, School and Institutional Abuse Deserve Justice Transcript: “If you are watching this video, you or a loved one was mostly likely a victim of sexual abuse. I’m Brian Kent. I’m a former sex crimes prosecutor and I’ve dedicated my life to representing victims of sexual abuse in civil ...
  • Evidence Against Penn State in the Sandusky Sex Abuse Cases June 30, 2012 Smoking guns rarely exist, but when they do, prosecutors and plaintiffs’ lawyers alike, usually rejoice. Recent news reports by the Washington Post and CNN indicate that several emails exist showing that in 2001, Tim Curley and Gary Schultz contemplated what to do about the allegations against Sandusky. In an email between Schultz and Curley,  Schultz suggested ...
  • Punitive Damages in the Penn State Sex Abuse Civil Cases June 30, 2012 In civil cases of school sex abuse, the role of the civil justice system is not punitive. That is usually the role of the criminal justice system.  However, in certain cases, a victim plaintiff can obtain punitive damages against a wrongdoer in a civil case. Under Pennsylvania law, when a party acts with conscious disregard for ...
  • Penn State Sex Abuse Scandal Update: Jerry Sanduksy Convicted, Appeal Expected June 24, 2012 Jerry Sandusky is now sitting in a prison cell, waiting for sentencing. His victims can finally feel safe, knowing that he can not, will not ever hurt any other innocent children. After 20 hours of deliberating over nearly 50 charges of child sexual abuse, the jurors found Sandusky guilty of nearly all of the charges. ...
  • Former Priest Guilty of Ordering a Contract Killing of Sex Abuse Accuser May 20, 2012 May 20, 2012 This week, a former Catholic priest in Texas was convicted of attempting to hire a neighbor to kill the man who accused him of sexual abuse. Source: www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=14346. John Fiala was found guilty of asking an undercover “hit man” to kill the man who accused him of sex abuse. He was sentenced to 60 ...
  • Philadelphia Police Officer Arrested and Accused of Sexually Abusing a 14 Year Old Girl at a Bensalem Motel May 6, 2012 May 6, 2012 Two days ago, a Philadelphia police officer was arrested and charged with various offenses after he was found in a hotel with a 21 year old young woman and a 14 year old girl. The officer was with the 2nd district of the Philadelphia Police Department and has been charged with: aggravated indecent assault, unlawful contact ...
  • Pennsylvania House Bill 1264, as Amended April 19, 2012 March 27, 2012: Voted by the Senate Judiciary Committee, headed by Stewart Greenleaf. Amending Title 42 (Judiciary and Judicial Procedure) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in depositions and witnesses, providing for expert testimony in certain criminal proceedings. The General Assembly finds and declares as follows: (1)  Research indicates that victims of sex crimes behave in many different ways, but because ...
  • We Need Changes in Pennsylvania and New York’s Statute of Limitations for Sex Abuse Victims March 1, 2012 The Sandusky and Bernie Fine sex abuse scandals are bringing to light the need for changes in the statute of limitations for sexual abuse cases in Pennsylvania and New York. Victims of sexual abuse rallied on Wednesday to voice their support for a bill brought by New York Assemblywoman Margaret Markley. This bill would extend the ...
  • Three Predictions About Jerry Sandusky’s Upcoming Criminal Trial February 13, 2012 Sandusky’s trial will be happening sometime this spring, maybe the summer, and no doubt, the whole country will be glued to their t.v.’s watching.  It isn’t a stretch to say this trial may garner more attention than O.J. Simpson’s trial. Absent some damning physical evidence, like DNA, pictures or video, the entire case hinges on credibility.  ...
  • Top Three Ways Cardinal Bevilacqua’s Death Affects the Civil Sex Abuse Cases Against the Archdiocese February 3, 2012 Many Catholics are conflicted following the death of Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua this week. He had a loyal following in the Church, of both priests and lay people alike. However, with the allegations of abuse and potential cover up by the Church following the 2005 and 2011 Grand Jury reports, many Catholics have blamed Bevilacqua for ...
  • Criminal Trial Update: The Sex Abuse Case Involving the Archdiocese of Philadelphia January 24, 2012 Monsignor Lynne’s and “Prior Bad Acts”-How the Criminal Case Affects the Civil Sex Abuse Victim’s Case Against the Archdiocese of Philadelphia A significant hearing in the sexual abuse scandal involving Monsignor William Lynn was held on Monday, January 23, 2012. The hearing before the Honorable M. Teresa Sarmina was held to determine whether “prior bad acts” ...
  • Three Ways Jerry Sandusky’s Waiver of his Preliminary Hearing Affects the Civil Cases Against Penn State and Other Potential Civil Defendants December 14, 2011 Legally speaking, it was no surprise that Jerry Sandusky waived his preliminary hearing.  He is looking at a possible life sentence should he be convicted of the charges against him.  Sandusky has maintained his innocence and both sides have said that this case is going to trial.  While there are a lot of folks talking about ...
  • Civil Liability in the Penn State Scandal November 18, 2011 Top Ten Parties Potentially Subject to Civil Liability in the Penn State Sexual Abuse Scandal With the Penn State scandal going on, it appears that the media is focused on Penn State and Jerry Sandusky as the liable parties.  Liability and accountability are huge issues in this case: 1. Jerry Sandusky –  Obviously, this entire situation would not have occurred but for the ...