St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center, Hartford, Conn., settled lawsuits with 32 people who have alleged that a physician at the hospital sexually abused them as children.
Conn. hospital settles sex-abuse lawsuits
The terms of the settlement were not disclosed, according to a news release issued by Stratton Faxon, the New Haven, Conn.-based law firm for the 32 plaintiffs.
The settlement was announced Monday during jury deliberations in Waterbury (Conn.) Superior Court for the “John Doe #2” trial, the first of more than 90 lawsuits that had been expected to go to trial.
The lawsuits allege that St. Francis did not monitor Dr. George Reardon, who had said he was conducting a human growth study with children when the alleged abuse occurred, according to the Associated Press. He died in 1998.
“From the beginning of this tragedy related to the late Dr. Reardon, we have remained committed to resolving this issue as fairly as possible. With the trial of the first case, we believe that we have proven that Dr. Reardon was a master manipulator who deceived his patients, their parents and his colleagues at the hospital. We are prepared to prove that again in court, as necessary,” according to a St. Francis statement.
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