Second Student Files Suit Against Hesperia Unified School District

A second student has come forwarded and filed suit against Hesperia Unified School District, alleging that there exists a culture of sexual hazing on the Oak Hills High School football team. The Plaintiff, an 18-year-old known in court filings as John KZ Doe, is the second victim of hazing at the school to come forward… read more

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High School Hazing Discussed in Depth by ESPN

ESPN’s Outside The Lines has pointed its spotlight at the epidemic of hazing in high school sports. The investigative piece features an interviews with attorneys from Manly, Stewart & Finaldi, and focuses on the case of one of the firm’s clients, who has sued Hesperia Unified School District following a horrific incident of violent sexual… read more

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Paso Robles School District Sued by Student Following Sexual Molestation

Jeremy Monn, a 31-year-old teacher most recently at Paso Robles High School, has now pled guilty to molesting two teenage girls at two different high schools. Monn was an agricultural teacher at both Don Pedro High School in central California, as well as Paso Robles High School where he molested girls on both campuses. Monn’s… read more

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Spa Owner Sexually Assault Job Applicant with Esthetician Wand

A 29 year old woman has brought suit against a 72 year old spa owner in Orange County, California, alleging that he lured her into a job interview and then sexually assaulted her with a wand he claimed to use in esthetician procedures. The spa owner, Raymond Newton Baker, is 72 years old. The lawsuit alleges that Baker had the young woman come in for “training sessions,” when he penetrated her with the device.

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Marlborough School Teacher Charged With Sexually Assaulting Second Student

Joseph Koetters, a 47-year-old teacher at the all-girls Marlborough School in Hancock Park, has been charged with 10 additional sex crimes stemming from the alleged abuse of a second student. Koetters was arrested earlier this year and charged with molesting one of his students between 2000 and 2002. The new, second victim alleges she was… read more

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Catholic Diocese of Santa Rosa Settles Childhood Sexual Abuse Case for 3.5 Million Dollars

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Santa Rosa has agreed to pay 3.5 million dollars to settle a lawsuit filed by a 17-year-old boy who alleged that a diocesan priest molested him when he was 12. The plaintiff was represented by Manly, Stewart & Finaldi. The priest, Father Ted Oswald, died in 2010. The Plaintiff alleged… read more

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X-Men Director Hit With Second Lawsuit

Bryan Singer, the director of, among other things, the X-Men franchise, has been hit with a second lawsuit by an individual claiming that he was molested by the director as a child. The Plaintiff is a UK citizen who says that Singer molested him in the UK in 2007 while attending the premiere of the… read more

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X-Men Director Bryan Singer Sued Over Allegations He Raped Underage Boy

Bryan Singer, known for directing the X-Men franchise, among other films, has been sued by an individual claiming that the director raped and drugged him while he was a minor. The lawsuit alleges that Singer gave the Plaintiff – a minor at the time – drugs and alcohol before sexually assaulting and raping him. The… read more

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Pool Cleaner Charged with Molesting Boys, Possessing Child Pornography

Christopher McKenzie, a 50-year-old pool cleaner originally charged in 2012 with molesting two children, now faces child pornography charges after a search of his computer. McKenzie was already suspected of molesting seven boys over more than a decade, but now faces this additional charge. That brings the total number of felony charges against McKenzie to… read more

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With Bankruptcy Filing, Diocese of Stockton Joins Ranks of Other Bankrupt Dioceses

On Wednesday, January 15, 2014, the Diocese of Stockton became the 10th Diocese in the nation to file for bankruptcy protection in the face of mounting liability stemming from childhood sexual abuse allegations. The move comes on the heels of the indictment of one of the Diocese’s priests for child molestation. The Diocese estimates that… read more

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