As Second Accuser Files Suit, Kevin Clash, Voice of Elmo, Resigns from Sesame Street

Kevin Clash, famous for bringing life to the Sesame Street puppet, Elmo, has resigned from Sesame Street amid new allegations that he engaged in a sexual relationship with a minor. Mr. Clash had previously faced similar allegations in recent weeks, but those were later recanted by the alleged victim. The newest allegations have been levied… read more

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Third Lawsuit Filed Against Diocese of Stockton and Father Michael Kelly

A lawsuit was filed against Father Michael Kelly and the Diocese of Stockton on Wednesday, November 7, 2012. This is the third lawsuit against the Diocese and Father Kelly. The first case, filed by Travis Trotter, settled for $3.75 million in April of this year. Father Kelly fled to his native Ireland halfway through the… read more

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Boy Scouts of America “Perversion Files” Released

The long-awaited files documenting decades of sexual abuse within the Boy Scouts of America (“BSA”) have finally been released. The BSA began maintaining these files, widely known as the “Perversion Files,” in 1910, apparently in an effort to avoid re-hiring scout masters who had previously been accused of sexually molesting boy scouts. The files currently… read more

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New Civil Allegations Brought Against Father Michael Kelly & The Diocese of Stockton

The attorneys at Manly, Stewart & Finaldi have filed a lawsuit on behalf of a second victim of Father Michael Kelly, a former priest of the Diocese of Stockton in California. The victim, known in court documents as John CC Doe, alleges that he was sexually molested as a child by Father Michael Kelly. The… read more

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A Fourth Victim Comes Forward to Accuse Teacher Richard Rack of Sexual Abuse.

A fourth victim has now come forward to accuse Orange County school teacher Richard Rack of sexual abuse. Rack is a teacher at Shorecliffs Middle School in San Clemente, California, who was placed on leave in November 2011 due to misconduct allegations. Last week, he was arrested after three girls came forward accusing of engaging… read more

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Orange County Middle School Teacher Richard Rack Charged for Sexual Abuse of Child.

An Orange County middle school teacher named Richard Rack was recently taken into custody by the Orange County Sheriff’s office, on suspicion of sexually abusing minors. Rack is a middle school teacher at Shorecliffs Middle School, in San Clemente. He is currently charged with two counts of violating Penal Code section 647.6(a)(1)-Annoying or molesting a… read more

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Manly, Stewart & Finaldi Recovers $2 Million for Sex Abuse Victim of Father Michael Harris

Yesterday, June 18, 2012, Manly, Stewart & Finaldi recovered 2 million dollars on behalf of sexual abuse victim John TH Doe, on the first day of trial. Plaintiff TH is presently a Lt. Colonel in the United States Air Force, and was sexually abused while a student at Mater Dei High School, in Santa Ana,… read more

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Ex-Priest & Former High School Principal Faces Sexual Abuse Charges in California

UPDATE: We settled this case on the first day of trial. Check out our story about the Michael Harris Sex Abuse Suit. Once nicknamed “Father Hollywood” for his good looks and charisma, ex-priest and former high school principal Michael Harris is being sued again for sexual abuse. Harris was sued by 2 of his victims… read more

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California Senate Passes SB 1530

Today, in a positive step towards making California’s public entities safe for children and vulnerable adults, the California State Senate voted 33 to 4 to pass Senate Bill 1530, which makes it easier to remove teachers accused of engaging in misconduct. Drafted in the wake of the Miramonte Elementary School childhood sexual abuse scandal, the… read more

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Los Angeles Fire Department Settles Sexual Harassment & Retaliation Case

The Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued a finding today that found that the Los Angeles Fire Department violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 when it failed to properly address firefighter Anthony Almeida’s complaints of harassment and retaliation. Almeida, with the assistance of attorneys from Manly, Stewart & Finaldi, reached a… read more

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