Connecticut hos­pi­tal must pay $2.75 mil­lion in sex abuse case

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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.

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