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CLERGY SEXUAL ABUSE

Jeff Anderson & Associates is widely known and well-respected as one of the nation’s leading law firms representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse.

For nearly three decades Jeff Anderson and his team of attorneys and advocates have worked to empower survivors of clergy sexual abuse, to seek justice for harm done, and to create institutional change in religious dioceses and organizations across the country.

Locally, the Minnesota Child Victims Act has given sexual abuse survivors of all ages a unique, three-year window of opportunity to pursue a legal case for the abuse they suffered as a child. With confidentiality and compassion, Jeff Anderson & Associates can help you or someone you know who has been abused by a priest seek justice in Minnesota courts.

Whether the sexual abuse happened in Crookston or Clara City, Saint Paul or Saint Joseph, Jeff Anderson & Associates can confidentially pursue your case in pursuit of hope, healing, and accountability. The window under the Child Victims Act expires on May 25, 2016, so contact us soon for a free and private consultation.

BOY SCOUTS SEXUAL ABUSE

If you were abused by a Scoutmaster or Scout leader, we want to help you. Jeff Anderson & Associates has experienced Boy Scout lawyers who have worked with survivors of abuse by Scoutmasters, scout leaders, and other volunteers of the Boy Scouts of America. If you decide to take action your privacy will be respected and your identity can remain confidential throughout the entire process. We are here to help you find justice and healing.

Boy Scout “Perversion” Files

From the 1920s to present day, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has maintained an internal filing system of scout leaders accused of misconduct, including sexual abuse. The “Ineligible Volunteer Files” (IV Files) constitute five categories, including sexual misconduct, a.k.a., Perversion Files. These Perversion Files illustrate the knowledge that the BSA has about the history and context of sexual abuse of children within scouting. Significantly, Courts have ordered the release of these files as part of numerous court cases throughout the country. In fall 2012, the Perversion Files from the years 1965 to 1985 were made public.

As experienced Boy Scout sexual abuse lawyers, we are dedicated to exposing more predators within the Boy Scouts of America throughout the nation and bringing justice to those seeking healing and hope in their path toward recovery. In January 2013, in the case of John Doe 180 v. The National Boy Scouts of America Foundation et al., a Ramsey County District Court Judge ordered the release of the Boy Scouts of America’s confidential Perversion Files from 1999-2008. That production amounted to the release of 1539 IV Files.

You are not alone. We are here to help you.

It’s time for justice. It's time to bring the truth out into the light. It’s time for accountability and healing. Before making a decision concerning such serious and sensitive matters, we encourage all survivors of sexual abuse by a Scout leader, Scoutmaster, or other adult volunteer of the Boy Scouts to consult with legal counsel before proceeding with a claim against the Boy Scouts of America. Our law firm of legal professionals and advocates has more than three decades of experience working with survivors of child sexual abuse and litigating cases against perpetrators and the institutions that protected them throughout the United States. Contact us today. Your information will remain completely confidential.

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Scoutmasters and Scout Leaders Accused of Sexual Abuse

Within a selected state list, click the name of an accused Scoutmaster, scout leader or volunteer to access biographical information, accusation and abuse details, as well as links to IV Files and related news articles. All information has been collected from public sources.


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Boy Scouts of America & Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

If you or someone you love was sexually abused as a child while participating in the Boy Scouts of America by a Scout leader, Scoutmaster, or other authority figure please contact us confidentially today. The attorneys and advocates at Jeff Anderson & Associates have handled numerous Boy Scout child sexual abuse cases, as well as multiple Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases involving institutions responsible for child sexual abuse committed by their personnel.

Boy Scouts of America File for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

On February 17, 2020, the Boy Scouts of America announced its filing Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. This complicated and highly nuanced legal tactic is often confusing to people who are not familiar with this type of bankruptcy, and it can prevent survivors of child sexual abuse from pursuing legal action. As demonstrated over the years by Catholic dioceses facing similar circumstances, this option stands to benefit the organization far more than adult survivors who were hurt as children by perpetrators employed by or affiliated with the organization. What is most important for survivors to understand about this process is that they still have rights, but the time to take legal action is limited.

Understanding what Chapter 11 really means is crucial to finding the most direct path to healing and justice. We have compiled the following information as a basic introduction to Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the context of the Boy Scouts. We urge all survivors of sexual abuse in Scouting to consult legal counsel before pursuing legal action.

What is Chapter 11 Bankruptcy?

Unlike Chapter 7 bankruptcy, where the debtor liquidates business assets to pay its creditors (usually at the cost of maintaining business operations), Chapter 11 is a bankruptcy process in which the debtor maintains control of its business and property while the court supervises its restructuring and the implementation of a plan to repay creditors.

What does Chapter 11 Bankruptcy mean for the Boy Scouts of America?

Simply put, Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection allows the Boy Scouts of America to keep doing “business as usual” while actively settling its debts – the debts here being BSA’s responsibility for sexual abuse claims by Scouts and former Scouts. There are two major factors that make this possible which should be on the radar of anyone considering filing a sexual abuse claim against the Boy Scouts of America: a claims bar date and financial reorganization.

Claims Bar Date: An important part of this process provides that the court set a “claims bar date,” which is a date marking the deadline by which all survivors must formally file a claim with the court. After the claims bar date, a survivor could be denied any sort of recovery from the Boy Scouts of America. This helps the Boy Scouts of America limit the number of claims that can be submitted and makes filing in the future more difficult. In a way, this is a lot like the organization hitting the “Reset” button; giving it a fresh start and leaving survivors yet-to-submit-a-claim left with the burdens of the past and limited means for relief.

Financial Reorganization: This is a technical term for moving money and assets around internally to allow debts amassed by the Claims Bar Date (see below) to be more easily paid off without disrupting the flow of business. It is likely that throughout the Chapter 11 process, troops will continue to meet, uniforms will continue to be fabricated, camps will remain open, and general operations will continue undisturbed. In all likelihood, no one currently participating in Scouts will be noticeably impacted by the filing.

What does Chapter 11 Bankruptcy mean for Scout abuse survivors?

The Boy Scouts filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy greatly compresses the timeline for survivors of abuse to file a claim. The bankruptcy judge will set a claims bar date, a date by which all sexual abuse survivors must file what’s called a proof of claim with the bankruptcy court. If you are a survivor of sexual abuse while in Scouts, you have a right to justice and healing. Your claim may also lead to the release of secret Perversion Files that will expose predators and help stop what happened to you from happening to other kids. We have created a searchable database of publicly available Perversion Files here (Chrome or Safari Recommended). Most importantly, your identity throughout the process can remain completely confidential unless you choose to make your identity public. The majority of cases we’ve handled in our 35+ years of working with survivors of childhood sexual abuse have been filed as “John Done” or “Jane Doe.” The decision to use your name is completely up to you. If you wish, your identity will be kept confidential by your lawyers, the court and the media.

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We are ready to believe you and fight for you. contact us confidentially online today or call 1-800-ITS-TIME. Your information will remain completely confidential.

MINNESOTA SEXUAL ABUSE: SHATTUCK-ST. MARY'S

In 2012, Minnesota was rocked by a revelation that the prestigious boarding school and hockey powerhouse, Shattuck – St. Mary’s, in Faribault, Minnesota, had a secret and tragic history of sexual coercion and sexual abuse. According to reports, teachers such as Lynn Seibel were permitted by the school administration to sexually exploit children for years without the threat of repercussion or police involvement. The insular culture and isolated nature of the elite boarding school created an environment wherein teachers could exploit their authority and trust to sexualize behavior among students. Throughout the years, top administrators had knowledge of the abusive activities, but chose to conceal the conduct and not to contact law enforcement.

If you were abused by a teacher or dorm parent at Shattuck – St. Mary’s, we want to help you. If you call us you will have an opportunity to speak to an experienced lawyer to discuss an action for compensation and justice. We also want you to know that if you decide to take action your privacy will be respected and your identity can remain confidential throughout the entire process.

Shattuck – St. Mary’s Teachers Accused of Sexual Abuse

Lynn Seibel

Lynn Seibel was arrested in California in August 2012 and charged with 14 felony counts of criminal sexual misconduct for the alleged sexual abuse of six male students at Shattuck-St. Mary’s from 1999 to 2003. Seibel worked at Shattuck-St. Mary’s from 1992 to 2003 and became head of the boy’s dormitory and chair of the drama department. Seibel was accused of supervising naked dance parties (NDPs) with students in the male dormitory, measuring students’ genitals, and engaging in other forms of sexual abuse.

Joseph Machlitt

Joseph Machlitt was an arts and photography teacher at Shattuck-St. Mary’s. Machlitt sexually abused a student at Shattuck-St. Mary’s in 1980 and, in November 2012, was charged with 1 count of criminal sexual conduct and 2 counts of attempted criminal sexual conduct for his actions.

Leonard Jones

Leonard Jones was a teacher and dorm parent at Shattuck-St. Mary’s. In December 2008, after being confronted about his sexual abuse of a young female student, Jones killed himself.

SEXUAL ABUSE IN SCHOOLS

Jeff Anderson & Associates represents individuals who have been sexually abused as students by teachers and coaches at both public and private schools, religious and secular institutions.

Past cases include sexual abuse by Jerry Sandusky, a long-time football coach and assistant to Joe Paterno, in a case against Sandusky and Penn State. Sandusky was criminally charged and convicted for 45 counts of child sexual abuse. He was sentenced to at least 30 years in prison. Civil cases alleging abuse by Sandusky later settled outside of court.

Learn more about our experience in sexual abuse at Penn State University.

Recently, we sued the Bemidji, Minnesota School District (ISD 31) for its role in John Wangberg’s sexual abuse of girls at Central Elementary School. The lawsuit alleges Wangberg sexually abused young girls in his office at the school and the school district was negligent in allowing Wangberg access to children. Wangberg was criminally charged for the sexual abuse in January 2013 and later took his own life.

Jeff Anderson & Associates has also represented survivors of sexual abuse in cases against Shattuck-St. Mary’s school in Faribault, Minnesota and Yeshiva University in New York, among others.