Independent Investigation of Prep School Finds More Sex Abuse

St. Paul’s, a prestigious New Hampshire prep school, faces more bad news about its history of sexual abuse of students. The prep school released an independent report that documents allegations of abuse going back decades, involving at least 18 previously unidentified teachers and school employees. St. Paul’s requested the investigation last year, following reports about […]

Boy Scouts Must Do More Than Apologize that Abuse Happened

Talk is cheap. Only action proves sincerity and integrity. While Boy Scouts of America publicly apologize that sexual abuse happened in its program — to our clients and others — BSA denies responsibility for the abuse of children in Scouts or for the lasting harm resulting from the abuse. As the attorney for six women […]

Harvey Weinstein Sexual Harassment Scandal Puts Confidentiality Agreements Back in Spotlight

The rash of allegations concerning Harvey Weinstein’s sexual harassment of women has resurrected the debate over non-disclosure agreements or confidentiality clauses in financial settlements. The latest high-profile instance of such an agreement surfaced late last week when it was reported that in January, former Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly paid $32 million in a confidential […]

Judge Rules in Boy Scout Case Headed to Trial

The judge in our Montana sex abuse case against the Boy Scouts of America and the Montana Counsel ruled in our favor on key trial issues yesterday. We represent six women who were sexually molested when they were as young as 11 and 12 by Bill Leininger, the leader of their coed Explorer Scout post […]

Beaverton Youth Basketball Coach Arrested for Sexual Abuse of Teen Girl

Laurence Metz, a youth basketball coach in Beaverton, Oregon, has been arrested and charged with four counts of second degree sexual abuse. Metz coached basketball at Club Villa Sport in Beaverton. He also runs a company called Metz Basketball Academy and held classes at The Courts in Beaverton. The Washington County Sheriff’s Department has been […]

Brenda Polendey: A Smart, Brave Woman We’re Proud to Have on the Dumas Law Group Team

In our work and in our blog posts, we focus almost exclusively on the courage and character of our clients who are survivors of sexual abuse.  They’ve overcome tremendous odds and we’re proud to fight for them and represent them in their quest for justice. Every so often it’s important to recognize the heroines on […]

Boy Scouts Should Clean Up Their Act Before Admitting (More) Girls as Scouts

The Boy Scouts of America announced it will open its membership to girls beginning in 2018.  Families should demand more before signing up their daughters.  The Girl Scouts described the Boy Scouts’ decision in an official statement: The Boy Scouts’ house is on fire. Instead of addressing systemic issues of continuing sexual assault, financial mismanagement and […]

Boy Scouts Knew About Calvin Malone’s Criminal Past and Re-Hired Him Anyway

When the Cascade Pacific Council of the Boy Scouts of American hired Calvin Malone in 1974, the Council knew Malone had been accused of child sexual abuse in 1970.  The 1970 allegations against Malone were serious enough that the national office of the Boy Scouts of America opened a file on Malone – a file […]

Catholic Priest Wanted in USA and Canada for Child Pornography Hides in Vatican

Monsignor Carlo Capella, a 50-year-old priest and diplomat in the Vatican’s foreign service, is safely hiding in the Vatican, despite two countries that want to arrest him on child pornography charges. Both the US and Canada have issues warrants for the priest’s arrest, but he is untouchable as long as he stays within the walls […]

Guam Court Rejects Boy Scouts Brief in Sex Abuse Cases

Nearly 100 sex abuse lawsuits in Guam involving the Catholic Church and over 50 involving the Boy Scouts are really heating up. At least 55 cases (with more being filed every week) arise out of alleged abuse by Father Louis Brouillard, a former Catholic priest and Scoutmaster. In one of the cases against the Catholic […]

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