Sexual Abuse & Assault

Our lawyers have helped clients achieve success in their cases. There is no way we can list all cases so we have provided some representative cases. Because the circumstances of each case are unique, this is not intended to guarantee similar results.

Our clients, 23 female inmates from the State’s Women Prison, brought a lawsuit for sexual assault against a corrections employee, who was later criminally convicted for the assaults. The cases settled for $660,000.00. Please review a newspaper article discussing the cases.

We represented over 30 adults who were abused by priests in the Diocese of New Hampshire during a time frame ranging from the 1960’s into the 1980’s. The settlements ranged from $20,000 to $250,000, based upon the duration and severity of the sexual activity against the males, who were minors at the time. All claims were for emotional distress and avoided litigation on the question of the statute of limitations, which was the primary defense of the Diocese. The cases were settled prior to suit and the names of the victims were withheld as part of the terms of the settlement. Also, counseling expenses were paid for for each of the men.

Please review a newspaper article discussing the cases.

Our client, the mother of her minor daughter, brought a lawsuit against the daughter’s school and male teacher based on allegations of an improper sexual relationship. The case settlement was confidential.

Our clients, the parents of their minor daughter, filed a lawsuit against the school and male teacher based on allegations of an improper sexual relationship. The case settlement was confidential.

Our client filed a lawsuit against a fraternity and several of its members for sexual assault. The case settlement was confidential.

Our client brought suit against her employer for sexual assault during the workplace. The case settlement was confidential.

Our client, a college student at the time, brought suit against her college involving sexual harassment and sexual assault by her professor. A jury, after trial, awarded $115,000.00 to our client.

Sexual Assaults Spur Changes in Prisoner Transport

Source: Union Leader

MANCHESTER – The state will change how corrections officers transport and monitor female prisoners after a nearly $2 million settlement with 30 women inmates who accused a former prison guard of rape and sexual harassment. All accusations against former corrections sergeant Douglas Tower occurred when the women were assigned to the Shea Farm halfway house in Concord, according to attorney Chuck Douglas, who is one of five lawyers representing the women. Tower is currently serving a 20- to 40- year sentence after he was convicted last year of six counts of rape and sexual assault of an inmate under his control. Douglas said the $1.85 million settlement will pay the inmates from a low of $6,000 to a high of $228,000 for women who were subjected to multiple incidents of sexual intercourse. “It’s inexcusable that these women had to live under these circumstances, of having to trade sex to see their children or get a pass,” Douglas said. As a result of the suit, the Department of Corrections will add windows to doors in rooms where staff and inmates meet alone and additional surveillance cameras at the Shea Farm, he said. Also a female corrections officer will transport female inmates and all trips off-campus will be logged for mileage and travel time, Douglas said. The department will also institute a rape prevention program with the help of a $1 million federal grant, he said. Corrections spokesman Jeff Lyons earlier said pat-down searches of female offenders will now only be done by female employees, a practice preferred in the past but not always possible. A female employee will be on duty at all times in female facilities, he said. Douglas said Tower had been transferred to the Shea Farm from the women’s prison in Goffstown because of two incidents of sexual harassment. At the time, the halfway house was for male prisoners, he said. When the Shea Farm was switched to a female halfway house, the department failed to send Tower to the men’s prison, he said. “If someone had realized he was there and shifted him to the men’s facility, none of this would have occurred. Someone dropped the ball,” Douglas said. All of the incidents occurred in 2004 and 2005, Douglas said, before William Wrenn became corrections commissioner. Douglas praised Wren for trying to fix the situation and not sweeping the incidents under the rug. “The changes Commissioner Wrenn has put in place should help in the future,” Douglas said.

Diocese: Vatican is reviewing cases of accused NH priests

The Vatican is reviewing all cases of Roman Catholic priests in New Hampshire credibly accused of abusing minors for possible punitive action…

The Manchester diocese paid a total of $22 million to settle 243 claims brought by survivors of clergy sexual abuse through December 31, 2004.

In addition, the diocese settled three new cases this year involving clients of Concord attorney Charles G. Douglas, III.

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