Friday, March 18, 2011

Diocese sued

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/tremont--sheldon-sues-reverend-charles-stubbs-and-the-diocese-of-bridgeport-and-encourages-other-victims-across-connecticut-to-come-forward-118166544.html

Tremont & Sheldon Sues Reverend Charles Stubbs and the Diocese of Bridgeport and Encourages Other Victims Across Connecticut to Come Forward
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BRIDGEPORT, Conn., March 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Tremont & Sheldon P.C. has filed a lawsuit against Reverend Charles Stubbs and the Diocese of Bridgeport. The firm has represented numerous victims of Reverend Charles Stubbs whose privileges were revoked in 1997.

This lawsuit is significant because a prior complaint of sexual abuse against Reverend Stubbs was made before the abuse in this case to then-Bishop Walter Curtis.

"The Diocese of Bridgeport had actual notice that Reverend Stubbs had attempted to sexually abuse a minor yet continued to allow him unfettered access to children in the Diocese," said Jason Tremont, the attorney representing the victims.

The lawsuit was based upon a claim of sexual abuse by Stubbs against plaintiffs who were minors in the 1970's while Stubbs was assigned to St. Mary's Parish in Ridgefield, Conn. Reverend Stubbs served at St. Mary's Church in Ridgefield, Conn., from 1976 through 1991 and St. Mary's Church in Greenwich, Conn., from 1991 through 1996. He was forced to retire from St. Mary's in 1996; however, in July 1997, Cardinal Edward Egan brought him out of retirement and appointed him assistant pastor of St. Rose of Lima Church Newtown. Later in 1997, he was suspended for admitting to molesting a boy.

Currently under Connecticut law, any person who claims damages as a result of being sexually abused, sexually assaulted, or sexually abused as a child has until 30 years past the age of majority (until age 48 typically) in which to file a claim in court.

Tremont & Sheldon continues to seek additional victims of Reverend Stubbs, and Attorney Tremont is available to discuss the specifics of individual cases.

About Tremont & Sheldon

The Bridgeport-based law firm of Tremont & Sheldon has experience handling cases of clergy sexual abuse, as well as teacher sexual abuse, doctor sexual abuse, and other types of sexual molestation of children by adults. To date, Tremont & Sheldon has represented well over 100 victims of childhood sexual abuse against area dioceses.

In March of 2001, Tremont & Sheldon reached a confidential global settlement with the Diocese of Bridgeport and its predecessor bishop, Cardinal Edward Egan. In October of 2003, Tremont & Sheldon reached a 21 million dollar global settlement with the Diocese of Bridgeport on behalf of another group of victims. In October of 2005, Tremont & Sheldon reached its first global settlement with the Archdiocese of Hartford. This is a 22 million dollar settlement where Tremont & Sheldon represents 15 of the 43 victims. To date, Tremont & Sheldon has collected approximately 50 million dollars on behalf of victims of child molestation.

Tremont & Sheldon is currently representing numerous victims of clergy sexual abuse involving Bridgeport and Hartford Diocese in Connecticut.

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