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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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Bishop Sevilla expected to continue testifying in sex-abuse case

March 18th, 2014Posted By: meganchang

Contributor: Yakima Herald Republic - Donald W. Meyers

YAKIMA, Wash. — Bishop Emeritus Carlos Sevilla is expected to take the witness stand again today in a federal lawsuit filed by a man who says he was raped by a deacon in Zillah in 1999. Sevilla, who was bishop at the time of the incident, had testified last week, but had to leave to […]

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Former Yakima bishop testifies at sex-abuse trial

March 13th, 2014Posted By: meganchang

Contributor: Yakima Herald Republic - Donald W. Meyers

YAKIMA, Wash. — Bishop Emeritus Carlos Sevilla testified Wednesday under questioning in federal court that he once described what happened between a deacon and a Zillah teen in 1999 as “sexual assault.” The questioning came from Bryan Smith, who is representing the teen, known as John Doe, in a $3 million civil lawsuit against the […]

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Attorney for abuse victims sues Kennewick School District

February 27th, 2014Posted By: meganchang

Contributor: Tri-City Herald - Ty Beaver

An attorney representing the sex abuse victims of a former Kennewick High School teacher is suing the Kennewick School District for failing to provide public records connected to the case. The district has failed to promptly respond, if at all, to document requests regarding William Pickerel, according to documents filed Wednesday in Benton County Superior […]

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Catholic Diocese to File for Bankruptcy Protection

January 31st, 2014Posted By: meganchang

Contributor: USA Today - Matt Volz, Associated Press

HELENA, Montana (AP) — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena is set to file for bankruptcy protection in advance of proposed settlements for two lawsuits that claim clergy members sexually abused 362 people over decades and the church covered it up. Diocese spokesman Dan Bartleson said in a statement Friday the bankruptcy reorganization case came […]

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