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Connecticut Supreme Court Affirms Verdict Against St. Francis Hospital in Child Sex Abuse Case

The Connecticut Supreme Court has affirmed the child sex abuse verdict against St. Francis Hospital.  You can read the CT Supreme Court’s opinion here: http://www.jud.ct.gov/external/supapp/Cases/AROcr/CR309/309CR219.pdf

This jury trial was handled by Attorney Doug Mahoney of Bridgeport.  The trial law firm of Kenny, O’Keefe & Usseglio, P.C.  represented more than sixty plaintiffs in the St. Francis Hospital Child Sex Abuse case.

If you have any questions regarding this matter, please e-mail us at tokeefe@kou-law.com


Police Investigate Child’s Death In Willimantic

WILLIMANTIC — State police major crime squad detectives are searching a house at 11 Potter St. where a 3-year-old girl died Thursday night.

State police said Willimantic firefighters and medics were called to the house for an unresponsive child at 10:38 p.m. The child was taken to Windham Community Memorial Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Willimantic police were notified and responded to the home. The child is to be transported to the state medical examiner’s office in Farmington.

Major crime squad detectives are assisting Willimantic police with the investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call Willimantic police at 860-465-3135.


Wesleyan ‘Rape Factory’ Fraternity’s Lawyers Demand Assault Victim Be Named Publicly

Attorneys for the Beta Theta Pi fraternity at Wesleyan University argued in a court filing this week that anonymity is inappropriate for a woman who has filed a lawsuit saying she was raped at a party at the Greek organization in 2010.

A motion filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court claims that the woman’s use of a pseudonym “allows her to make defamatory statements against [the fraternity and Wesleyan] behind a cloak of anonymity,” the Hartford Courant reported.

The former Wesleyan undergraduate, identified in court papers only as “Jane Doe,” is suing the university for allegedly failing to warn the campus properly about a fraternity that some students referred to as a “Rape Factory.” The suit claims that Wesleyan, a private school in central Connecticut, violated the federal gender-equity law Title IX by not protecting students and failing to provide Doe with resources after she was raped at the frat. She is also suing the Mu Epsilon chapter of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity and its national organization.

The woman said she was raped in a locked room during a 2010 Halloween party at Beta Theta Pi by John O’Neill, who was neither a member of the frat nor a student at the school. O’Neill pleaded no contest to lesser charges of third-degree assault and first-degree unlawful restraint and was sentenced to 15 months in prison.

Lawyers for the fraternity argue the woman “fails to provide support for her claim that the disclosure of her name would affect her emotional and physical well-being,” the Courant reports.

However, Doe’s suit contends that after her report, Wesleyan officials responded with emailed warnings to the student body and housing policy changes that led to harassment by some student supporters of the fraternity, who discovered her identity and targeted her with protests outside of her dorm and elsewhere.

“We disagree with the Fraternity Defendants’ position on the pseudonym issue,” said Timothy O’Keefe, an attorney for Doe, in a statement to The Huffington Post. “We believe Connecticut law protects a sexual assault victim’s identity from full public disclosure in these circumstances.”

O’Keefe said they plan to explain their position fully in objection papers they plan to file “sometime over the next several days.”

In April, Beta Theta Pi was the site of an alleged physical assault and an attempted sexual assault, the Wesleyan Argus reported. Beta president Elliot Albert emphasized at the time they were outraged and said, “We collectively need to do a better job at raising awareness and prevention of these types of events.”


Lawsuit Filed in Hartford Drunk Driving Case

The Hartford, Connecticut trial law firm of Kenny, O’Keefe & Usseglio, P.C., has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a young woman who was injured in an automobile crash by a drunk driver.  The crash occurred in Hartford, Connecticut.  The lawsuit was filed in Hartford Superior Court and seeks compensatory and punitive damages.

“Our client suffered bodily injuries in this crash and has had her job search delayed as a result.  She is seeking to hold the drunk driver accountable for causing her harm.”  Timothy L. O’Keefe, Kenny, O’Keefe & Usseglio, P.C.


Police Investigate Attempted Sexual Assault At Wesleyan

MIDDLETOWN—

Police are investigating an attempted sexual assault on the Wesleyan University campus Sunday.

The victim was assaulted at 184 High St. – the house of the Mu Epsilon Chapter of Beta Theta Pi fraternity – and was able to fend off the attacker and escape, police said. The victim was treated at Middlesex Hospital for injuries from the assault, police said.

Police received the report around 3 a.m., and said they are pursuing leads in the investigation.

The fraternity chapter has acknowledged the allegations of assault and said they are cooperating with police in the investigation.

Anyone with any further information is asked to contact police at 860-344-3200.


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