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Jury faults Conn. hospital in sex abuse scandal

Source : AP
Last Updated: Sat, Jul 09, 2011 03:12 hrs

A jury has found a Connecticut hospital at fault in a sex abuse scandal involving a doctor who worked there for decades and awarded a victim $2,750,000.

The Hartford Courant reports that the six-person jury on Friday found St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center failed in its duty to protect its patients from Dr. George Reardon.

Authorities believe Reardon molested hundreds of children under the guise of a bogus growth study. He resigned in 1993 amid molestation accusations and he died in 1998 without ever being charged.

The plaintiff, known as Tim Doe 1, had asked the Hartford hospital to pay him $5 million for the emotional trauma he said Reardon inflicted on him.

The hospital already settled lawsuits with 32 other alleged victims. About 60 other cases are pending.

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Information from: The Hartford Courant, http://www.courant.com




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