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ARTICLE ID 194818

$________ – PERSONAL NEGLIGENCE – SEXUAL ABUSE BY FATHER OVER A PERIOD OF YEARS TO SIBLINGS – INTENTIONAL INFLICTION OF EMOTIONAL DISTRESS

Plymouth County, MA

In this matter, the plaintiffs, daughters of the defendant, allege that the defendant sexually abused them over a period of years, causing physical and emotional distress. The defendant denied liability and maintained that the children’s claims were not made with the applicable statute of limitations.

The two plaintiffs were subjected to sexual abuse from the defendant, their father, commencing around the age of 11. The plaintiff recounted that the defendant would climb into their beds at night and fondle their breasts, buttocks, and perform explicit acts of a sexual nature. The plaintiffs claim that they were subjected to this behavior thousands of times over a period of seven years for the first plaintiff, and eleven years for the second. In ________, the plaintiffs filed a complaint with the police department, which resulted in the arrest of the defendant who served time for his behavior. The plaintiffs brought suit against the defendant alleging sexual abuse and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

The defendant denied the plaintiffs’ claims and maintained that the plaintiffs failed to comply with the three-year statute of limitations in effect. The defendant filed for summary judgment on that issue, which was denied by the court.

The matter proceeded to trial. The defendant admitted liability on the first day of trial, but denied the plaintiffs’ claims of damages.After a six day trial, the jury deliberated for three hours and found in favor of the plaintiffs and against the defendant. The jury awarded the plaintiffs the total sum of $________ in damages. Each plaintiff was awarded $________ for damages for assault and battery, and $________ for intentional infliction of emotional distress.

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