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When Bishops Lie About Child Sex Abuse

April 21st, 2015Posted By: Vito de la Cruz

Harry Truman’s famous phrase “the buck stops here” is often quoted when talking about taking ultimate responsibility for issues, problems, and their solutions. Often “the buck stops here” is used by presidents, committee chairpersons, directors of divisions or programs. Bishops and archbishops are directors of their dioceses. In many ways, bishops and archbishops are the […]

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Foster child sexually abused on state’s watch wins $1.3M settlement

March 18th, 2015Posted By: meganchang

Contributor: - Levi Pulkkinen

A former foster child abused in three state-licensed foster homes after Washington child services workers took her from her drug-addicted mother has won a $1.3 million settlement with the state. Suing the state last April, attorneys for the young woman claimed she was sexually assaulted at three foster homes after she was pulled from her […]

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Judge set to approve settlements in Montana church abuse cases

March 4th, 2015Posted By: meganchang

Contributor: - Dennis Bragg

HELENA – A federal bankruptcy judge could resolve a pair of multimillion dollar cases this week that would settle legal claims over decades old sex abuse cases involving church-run schools in Montana. The settlement agreements are aimed at resolving the suits filed on behalf of victims against the Catholic Diocese of Helena and the Ursuline Nuns […]

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Religious order of nuns settles sex abuse claims for $4.45M

February 3rd, 2015Posted By: meganchang

Contributor: Melissa Rafferty MTN News - Missoula

MISSOULA – The Ursuline Sisters have reached a settlement with numerous plaintiffs who were sexually abused by priests and nuns at the Ursuline Academy in St. Ignatius decades ago. Tamaki Law and others entered the settlement on December 31, 2014. A news release sent by the law firm says the $4.45 million settlement is the […]

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Claims seek total of $50M in lawsuit against Kennewick High School

May 1st, 2014Posted By: meganchang

Contributor: Tri-City Herald - Ty Beaver

Two more former Kennewick High School students filed claims totaling $10 million Wednesday saying the Kennewick School District failed to protect them from a former teacher and coach who molested them. There are now 10 claims against the district seeking a combined $50 million. Longtime teacher William Pickerel was convicted in 2008 of sex crimes […]

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Kennewick school officials wanted accused teacher pulled earlier from classes

April 28th, 2014Posted By: meganchang

Contributor: Tri-City Herald - Ty Beaver

About three months before a Kennewick teacher and coach was arrested for sex crimes, school officials wanted him pulled from the classroom. But William Pickerel continued substitute teaching during fall 2007 because police did not want him alerted to their investigation. Now the Kennewick School District is facing a possible lawsuit by victims who claim […]

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Three more former Kennewick High School students file claims against district

April 22nd, 2014Posted By: meganchang

Contributor: Tri-City Herald - Ty Beaver

Three more former Kennewick High students filed $15 million in claims Monday with the Kennewick School District, saying a teacher and coach molested them at school and on trips. Each victim is seeking $5 million, according to legal documents. The new filings mean there are eight claims with a total value of $40 million against […]

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Lawyer in church rape case asks for bigger award for alleged victim

April 22nd, 2014Posted By: meganchang

Contributor: Yakima Herald - Donald W. Meyers

YAKIMA, Wash. — A man who alleges he was raped as a teen by a deacon with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Yakima deserves more than the $3.1 million originally sought, his attorney argued in federal court Monday. Attorney Bryan Smith urged U.S. District Judge Edward Shea to use his discretion to award more, suggesting […]

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Alleged sex abuse victims file $25M in claims against Kennewick School District

April 15th, 2014Posted By: meganchang

Contributor: Tri-City Herald - Ty Beaver

Five men who say a retired Kennewick High School teacher molested them as students filed $25 million in claims Monday against the Kennewick School District. All five say William Pickerel groomed them when he was a teacher and wrestling coach, sexually assaulting and molesting them at school, at his home or on out-of-town sports trips. […]

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State failed sexually abused girl at 3 foster homes

April 14th, 2014Posted By: meganchang

Contributor: SeattlePI - Levi Pulkkinen

In a lawsuit filed earlier this week at U.S. District Court in Tacoma, attorneys for the girl claim she was sexually assaulted at all three homes where she was placed after she was pulled from her mother’s care as a young child. Two of the girl’s former foster fathers have since been convicted of child […]

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