Sexual Abuse

Parents claim local businessman sexually touched young female child. Defense. San Joaquin County.

After highly publicized criminal charges, local businessman receives defense verdict in alleged child molestation.

  • Case Name: Jane Doe v. Lyle Burgess
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, July 11, 2019

Sexual abuse of child continues after county social workers involved. $45.4M. Los Angeles County.

Social workers don't properly follow through after they find a known child molester living in child's room.

  • Case Name: F.M. v. County of Los Angeles
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, July 26, 2018

Director of after-school program "grooms" boy for years before sexually abusing him. $25M. Los Angeles County.

Student is abused by director of private school's after-school program.

  • Case Name: Stephen W. v. Westerly School of Long Beach
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Sexual harassment of 13-year-old student by 35-year-old teacher. $2 million settlement at trial. Los Angeles County.

The middle school teacher, a male, sexually messaged and sent graphic images to 13-year-old female student, but there was no physical sexual contact.

  • Case Name: Jane Doe v. Doe School District
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, May 15, 2017

Negligent care at residential facility results in sexual abuse of minor. $12 million. Sacramento County.

Residential facility for special needs children is accused of gross neglect leading to sexual assault off-campus.

  • Case Name: Doe v. FamiliesFirst, Inc.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Friday, April 14, 2017

Referee has sexual relationship with underage female water polo player. $2.0 million net verdict. San Bernardino County.

High school water polo referee has sex with minor female over extended period until her father finds out.  

  • Case Name: Jane Doe v. Southern California Aquatics Federation (Water Polo), Nicolas M. Simental, and Stephen Born.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Teenage boys molested by AA sponsor; $10,000 CCP 998 offer. $6.5 million verdict. San Diego County.

Teenage boys with history of substance and sexual abuse are sent to after-school program, later molested by AA sponsor they met at the program.

  • Case Name: Doe, et al. vs. Pacific Health Systems, LP, et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Defense offers $150,000 in hospice sexual assault case. Defense verdict. Riverside County.

Male hospice patient, an alcoholic, claims he was raped by hospice aide in a nursing facility.  CCP offer of $150,000 total by two defendant corporations.

  • Case Name: Doe v. Odyssey Healthcare GP LLC dba Odyssey Hospice; John Roe hospice aide, and Indio Healthcare & Wellness Center LLC
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Male student sexually assaulted by another male student awarded $1.4 million against Boys and Girls Club. Orange County.

After a one-time incident of minor-on-minor sexual assault, Boys & Girls Club offers $60,000 but jury awards much more.

  • Case Name: S.E. v. Boys & Girl sClub of Huntington Valley
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, December 09, 2013

$5.5 million verdict after teacher engages in ongoing sexual contact with teen student. San Bernardino County.

High school teacher engages in ongoing sexual contact with a female freshman. District disputes extent of plaintiff's injuries and offers $100,000 before trial.

  • Case Name: Emily H. v. Chino Valley Unified School District
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, June 24, 2013

$1.3 million verdict to special ed student molested by another student. Los Angeles County.

Nine-year-old special ed student is sexually assaulted at after-school program run by LAUSD.  School district admits negligent supervision, offers $225,000 per CCP 998.

  • Case Name: S.G. v. Los Angeles Unified School District
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, May 20, 2013

Jury finds school district negligently hired bus driver who then molested 8-year-old girl. San Joaquin County.

School district settles for $4.75 million after jury finds that it was negligent in hiring a school bus driver who later molested a special-needs child on the bus.

  • Case Name: Diana C. v. Lodi Unified School District, et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, February 26, 2013

$6.9 million verdict against school district (LAUSD) when 10-year-old male student is molested by teacher. Los Angeles County.

Ten-year-old male student is molested by teacher on and off campus.  School principal reported a prior, suspicious incident involving the male teacher.  Jury finds school district 30% at fault for not taking earlier action. 

  • Case Name: Walter “Matt” Doe v. Los Angeles Unified School District, et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, December 17, 2012

$4.5 million verdict for minors abused by school teacher. San Diego County.

Continued parental concerns over a teacher's attention to female students went unanswered by authorities at an elementary school in Carlsbad. School district found liable by jury.

  • Case Name: Emma & Jaiden v. Carlsbad Unified School District
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Sunday, June 17, 2012

Record $28 million verdict for a single plaintiff against a religious organization. Alameda County.

Plaintiff was molested as a child by an adult from her church during door-to-door community visits. The written policy of The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society on secrecy regarding known abuse was at issue.

  • Case Name: Jane Doe v. The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, Inc., et al
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, June 13, 2012