Sexual Abuse Lawsuit



Lawsuit Claims Brooklyn's Poly Prep Covered Up Sexual Abuse by Iconic Football Coach Foglietta


Nine former students have accused Brooklyn’s elite Poly Prep Country School of covering up prolonged sexual abuse of dozens of players by Phil Foglietta, the once iconic football coach who served from 1966 to 1991. The sexual abuse lawsuit filed in 2009 claims that the school authorities started receiving complaints ever since Foglietta joined as coach, but did not act against him because of successful coaching and fund-raising accomplishments he had at Poly Prep during his four-decade tenure. A similar lawsuit filed against the school in 2004 was dismissed because of the statute of limitations. But the present lawsuit makes an attempt to invoke the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act to bring a claim against the 157-year-old highly admired school.



The nine plaintiffs named in the sexual abuse lawsuit were sexually exploited by Foglietta more than once when they were members of Poly Prep football team between 1966 and 1981. David Hiltbrand, one of the victims, has disclosed to the media how he and a number of other students were sexually assaulted by Foglietta during the shower at the coaches’ locker room. Foglietta worked as both football coach and physical instructor at Poly Prep between 1966 and 1991. He died seven years later. According to the sexual abuse lawsuit, he sexually assaulted hundreds of students in cars, locker rooms, apartments, other places, and on squash courts, but the school authorities covered up complaints and even threatened to expel those who would report abuses.

David Harman, headmaster at Poly Prep, board of trustees, and a number of former present school officials have been named defendants in the sexual abuse lawsuit. The plaintiffs have sought $20 million for each victim in punitive damages and compensation.





Similar Sexual Abuse Lawsuits


Jerry Sandusky Sexual Abuse Lawsuit


The disclosure about Poly Prep sexual abuse lawsuit came within weeks of another such case that stirred the entire nation. On November 5, 2011, ex-Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky was charged with molesting eight young boys over his 15-year tenure. It led to more such allegations against Sandusky by many victims. The former coach was arrested on November 30th after two other victims joined the criminal proceedings. A separate sexual abuse lawsuit filed by a 29-year-old victim on the same day accused Sandusky of molesting him more than 100 times in the coach’s official home, university locker room, and even during trips between 1992 and 1996. The victim has sought $400,000 in compensation and punitive damages. The sexual abuse lawsuit has named Sandusky, his charity The Second Mile, and the Penn State as defendants.



Syracuse University Sexual Abuse Lawsuits


In November 2011, two former ball boys accused former Syracuse University basketball coach Bernie Fine of sexual abuse 15 to 20 times in the 1980s. However, both the university and its head coach denied the allegation vehemently and alleged that there was some financial motive behind such allegations. But within a week another victim filed a sexual abuse lawsuit in Pittsburgh, accusing Fine of molestation in 2002. This prompted the first two victims to file defamation suits against the University and its coach for supporting Fine and calling them “liars looking for money.”




Red Sox Sexual Abuse Lawsuits


On December 5, 2011, two former bat boys filed a sexual abuse lawsuit against Boston Red Sox seeking $10 million as compensation. They accused that Donald Fitzpatrick, an ex-clubhouse manager of the team known for his pedophilic behavior, molested them more than once in 1991. In 2003, Red Sox paid $3.15 million to seven Florida men and $100,000 to a former attendant to resolve sexual abuse lawsuits involving Fitzpatrick.



Summerville Prep School Sexual Abuse Lawsuit


On December 12, 2011, a former student filed a sexual abuse lawsuit against Summersville-based Pinewood Preparatory School. According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff was molested 10 to 15 times in 2004 by the then teacher and coach Louis ReVille. It has named a number of schools officials and a former headmaster as defendants and alleged that they failed to carry on their duty of care and their reckless supervision other accused encouraged his sexual abuse acts.


In another case, a group of students has filed a lawsuit against Howard University, alleging that the university has failed to act on their sexual assault and harassment complaint against a school employee.

Other Important Sexual Abuse Lawsuits

On November 10, 2011, an Indianapolis girl filed a lawsuit alleging sexual abuse by her swimming coach. The plaintiff has named Lawrence Township Metropolitan School District, US Swimming, and Indiana Swimming as defendants.

Former NBA star Kevin Johnson settled a sexual molestation lawsuit in 2008 by paying $230,000 to a girl.



The University of North Carolina paid $455,000 to two female players in a sexual abuse lawsuit settlement in 2004.


In 2008, Beaufort County Education Board, South Carolina, paid close to $5 million to seven students who alleged sexual abuse during their schooldays between 1999 and 2002. Two high school students also won $300,000 in a San Diego sexual abuse lawsuit three months later.


In 2007, a former female student of Lafayette High School won a sexual abuse lawsuit against school and a Kentucky jury awarded her $3.7 million in compensation.



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