Connecticut hospital must pay $2.75 million in sex abuse case
A jury found a Connecticut hospital at fault in a sex abuse scandal involving a doctor who worked there for decades and awarded a victim $2.75 million. The sixperson jury found St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center failed in its duty to protect its patients from Dr. George Reardon, who authorities believe molested hundreds of children under the guise of a bogus growth study. He resigned in 1993 amid molestation accusations and died in 1998 without being charged. The plaintiff, known as Tim Doe 1, had asked the Hartford hospital to pay him $5 million for the emotional trauma he said Reardon inflicted on him. The hospital already settled lawsuits with 32 other alleged victims in May. “From the beginning of this tragedy related to the late Dr. Reardon, we have remained committed to resolving this issue as fairly as possible,” the hospital said in a statement at the time.