The Times Union reports that a retired Albany police detective and former public school employee was charged with repeatedly sexually abusing a teenage boy over a two year period. To read the TU article, click here.
Unfortunately, such instances of sexual abuse committed against children continues to be a problem in our community. Even more depressing, these acts are often perpetrated by individuals in positions of power over their victims, including police officers, teachers, foster parents, etc.
When such acts are committed by a public officer or government employee, the victim and his/her parents may have the right to bring a civil rights action for violation of constitutional rights under 42 U.S.C. 1983. Such actions may be brought in federal or state court, and can be accompanied by other causes of action such as gross negligence, negligence, battery, etc. In addition, instances of sexual abuse may give rise to a claim against a municipal entity such as a school district, department of social services, or sheriff's department, based on their failure to take necessary steps to protect the child, or for non-existent or insufficient training of its employees.
Dreyer Boyajian LLP has a track record of protecting the rights of abused children and their families. For a summary of our sexual abuse litigation practice, click here. For contact information and information about how to receive a free consultation, click here.