Oregon DHS Head Resigns

Oregon’s Director of Child Welfare, Lena Alhusseini, has resigned from her post less than a year after she assumed the position at the state Department of Human Services.  She will remain with the agency until September, although move to the human resource department’s diversity recruitment wing. DHS has come under intense scrutiny in the past […]

Explorer Scout Sexual Abuse Isn’t a New Problem and It’s Not Going Away

Because of the number of Explorer Scout sex abuse cases our firm handles, Louisville Courier-Journal reporter Andrew Wolfson recently interviewed me for background material on the problem of the sexual abuse of youth Explorer Scouts by police officers supposedly serving as their trusted mentors. The interview was extensive and Wolfson wrote an excellent and thorough […]

The Dire Consequences of “Passing the Trash” in Sexual Abuse Cases

The NY Times recently exposed how private schools handle allegations of sexual abuse. The story focused on how Choate Rosemary Hall, an elite Connecticut boarding school, mishandled allegations of sexual abuse by teachers for decades. According to the Times, “For many years, when teachers at private schools were forced out over claims of sexual misconduct, […]

Hazing and Sex Assaults-Know the Difference!

Recently, the Associated Press published an important article on how the sexual assault of teenagers, particularly high school boys who participate in sports, is passed off as harmless hazing rituals. This “re-framing” is a dangerous phenomenon meant to minimize the trauma of sexual abuse in youth. In an odd way, it’s also a way for […]

Idaho Boy Scouts and LDS Lawsuit

© 2017 KTVB-TV BOISE – Five men who say they were sexually abused as kids while in the Boy Scouts of America are suing the organization and the Mormon Church because they say both groups fraudulently presented the Boy Scouts as a safe, wholesome activity for boys. The men filed the lawsuit in Boise’s U.S. […]

New Idaho Boy Scouts and LDS Church Sex Abuse Lawsuit

FOR RELEASE MONDAY, MAY 1, 2017 PRESS CONFERENCE: 10:30 AM, MONDAY, MAY 1, 2017 Springhill Suites by Marriott Boise Parkcenter Address: 424 E. Parkcenter Blvd, Boise, ID 83706   Five Former Scouts File Sex Abuse Case Against  Boy Scouts of America and LDS Church  For More Information: Attorney Andrew Chasan: 208-345-3760; andrew.chasan@chasanwalton.com Attorney Gilion C. […]

Kentucky Police Explorer Sexual Abuse Lawsuit May Be the Tip of the Iceberg

A 22-year-old man identified only as “N.C.” in court documents filed a sexual abuse lawsuit alleging he was sexually abused as a teenager when he was a member of the Louisville Metro Police Youth Explorer Program. Explorers is an affiliate of Boy Scouts of America. The lawsuit names as Defendants the City of Louisville, the […]

Utah Judge Reverses Himself, Sends Convicted Sex Abuser to Prison

Fourth District Judge Thomas Low sentenced convicted sex abuser and former Mormon bishop Keith Vallejo to one-to-15 years in prison for the second-degree felonies and a five-years-to-life term for object rape.  The sentences are to run concurrently. Former Utah Mormon Bishop Keith Robert Vallejo was found guilty of 11 felonies-ten counts of second-degree felony forcible […]

Oregon Elementary School Sued Over Principal’s Sexual Abuse of Two Girls

A sexual abuse lawsuit was filed in Multnomah County Circuit Court against the school district and former principal Jeff Hays concerning allegations made by two girls who were students at the school. The lawsuit alleges he sexually abused two students, identified in the lawsuit only by initials, between 2005 and 2009 while he was principal […]

Lincoln City, Oregon Youth Coach Arrested for Sexual Abuse

Lincoln City police have arrested a youth worker on 31 sex crimes involving seven boys, all under the age of 18. Twenty-two-year-old Tyler William Lopez was charged on Monday, March 20, 2017 and his bail was set at $1.5 million. The charges include two counts of display of child/sexual conduct, one count of first-degree sex […]

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