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Hospital settles but claims No Responsibility for hundreds of proven child sex abuse claims

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posted on May, 9 2011 @ 01:36 PM
St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford, Conn. makes me sick!
This really makes me angry for several reasons which I will address later.

Picture of thankfully dead pedophile Dr. George Reardon

HARTFORD, Conn. — A hospital on Monday settled lawsuits with 32 people who say they were sexually abused by a prominent, now-dead doctor believed to have molested scores of children over three decades with a bogus human growth study.
The deal between the plaintiffs and St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford came during the middle of jury deliberations in the first of more than 90 lawsuits involving the late Dr. George Reardon to go to trial. Terms of the settlements were not disclosed.
The hospital was accused of failing to properly monitor Reardon, who died in 1998 without ever facing criminal charges.
The abuse was revealed in 2007 when the owner of Reardon's former home in West Hartford opened a basement wall during a renovation project and found tens of thousands of slides and videos showing children in sexual acts and positions.
Police have identified 250 of Reardon's victims by name, but hundreds of other children in the pornographic images never came forward. Investigators believe Reardon victimized at least 500 children, but they also believe the number of victims could be in the thousands.
Police who interviewed the victims say many have struggled with broken relationships, substance-abuse problems, even suicide attempts.

The first problem I have is how this was able to go on as long as it did. I worked for a place in which I secretly discovered my boss was a pedophile and yes, I did report him. Co-workers or someone must of known this was going on to some extent. Yet, as we have seen time and again in the medical industry, no one blew the whistle on this animal.
The second problem was he was never charged with the crime while alive but now, after finding the evidence and he being dead, there is little recourse the victims can adhere to - other then suing the hospital. They should be able to go after this man's estate and strip it down completely, for the victims compensation.

Officials at the hospital had denied any responsibility for Reardon's actions.
"We believe that we have proven that Dr. Reardon was a master manipulator who deceived his patients, their parents and his colleagues," the hospital said in a statement. "We are prepared to prove that again in court, as necessary."

The last problem I have is that the hospital claims 'no responsibility' for this man, the person THEY hired and had on staff for over 30 years! Many lives were destroyed by this individual and they have the nerve to take the stance that he manipulated us also. Maybe they should take nude suggestive photos of all the administrators and post them for the entire world to look at and see if they feel they are in the same boat as the victims right now. The fact they are being so obnoxious about what has happened really makes me wonder how much they really knew.
What if it was there kids!

Neither I or my children have ever been abused and I just hope the systems in place today are better then what was in effect years ago. With priests, doctors, teachers, etc. all being the found abusers of our kids how can any of us ever feel safe leaving them with strangers. And now with the legal stance many organizations take after being faced with such allegations, much of which further traumatizes the victims, it seems these laws are just as good as protecting the criminals, of these acts, as the victims.

edit on 5/9/2011 by AnteBellum because: (no reason given)

posted on May, 9 2011 @ 01:55 PM

I just hope the systems in place today are better then what was in effect years ago.

I wouldn't count on it. There was a case in the UK recently where a convicted padophile was actually allowed to adopt a child even though he was officially on the Sex Offenders Register. What it boiled down to was a failure to carry out the most basic checks!

posted on May, 9 2011 @ 02:31 PM
These people are the scum of the earth and are ususlly in some position of trust. Doctors, teachers, care workers and the like are all able to hide behind their profession and carry out their atrocities.

Just recently a teacher from my old middle school was jailed. Simon Moody who after retiring from Ridgeway Middle School Redditch England became a private tutor so he could carry out his depraved acts. He was reported in 2002 but because of his "good standing" there was no further investigation. That in itself is disturbing. We can only wonder if the 2 girls involved were the only one's and scum like Moody are probably just the tip of the iceberg.

Simon Moody Pervert Teacher

edit on 9-5-2011 by Gutman because: Added town and Country

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