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White Rain
11-29-2007, 12:10 AM
HARTFORD, Conn. A doctor who once faced child abuse allegations kept a staggeringly large collection of child pornography, found nearly a decade after his death, and investigators fear there could be hundreds of victims, authorities said Wednesday.
The owner of a West Hartford home formerly owned by Dr. George Reardon found the images 50,000 35 mm slides and more than 100 8 mm movie reels in a hidden storage space during a renovation project in May, town police said. West Hartford investigators announced the cache Wednesday as they set out to find the victims, saying identifying them could lead to others who possessed the images or were otherwise involved.
Investigators said there is evidence linking the images to Reardon, who they said had a state-of-the-art photo lab in his house, and they are concerned that the pornography was shared with others. more:
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,313661,00.html

Reannan
11-29-2007, 12:19 AM
These allegations cover the time frame of the 1960's thru the 1980's. Just goes to show you that you can't blame the internet for everything. I also guess it goes to show ME, that I will never get used to the concept that people are so damned sick that they will harm people who are at their most vulnerable. This guy was a physician - trained to heal. How DARE he "manipulate body parts" of the children who were "f'ing" sick and sought his "f'ing" HELP! Sorry for the cursing, but this just disgust me beyond my ability to remain civil. Why? Oh, Why??? Can't people just be decent human beings???? I am not perfect by any means, but I would NEVER, EVER, take advantage of an adult or a child that I was entrusted to HELP!

White Rain
11-29-2007, 02:04 AM
"First, do no harm"

Obviously it did NOT apply to this SICKO!

believe09
11-29-2007, 10:19 AM
These allegations cover the time frame of the 1960's thru the 1980's. Just goes to show you that you can't blame the internet for everything. I also guess it goes to show ME, that I will never get used to the concept that people are so damned sick that they will harm people who are at their most vulnerable. This guy was a physician - trained to heal. How DARE he "manipulate body parts" of the children who were "f'ing" sick and sought his "f'ing" HELP! Sorry for the cursing, but this just disgust me beyond my ability to remain civil. Why? Oh, Why??? Can't people just be decent human beings???? I am not perfect by any means, but I would NEVER, EVER, take advantage of an adult or a child that I was entrusted to HELP!

I agree with you Reannan-what an incredible story this is. Imagine that there was such consistency in the testimony that in spite of the lack of "physical evidence" his license to practice in adjoining states was revoked, BUT he still had the capacity to practice elsewhere. And now they find the evidence that he just could not let go of-walled away. INCREDIBLE. Wonder what the lag time was between when his license was pulled and his death? Wonder how much of this collection has been downloaded and traded over the internet? I mean his victim's list has to be the most prolific in history.

Rino
11-29-2007, 10:28 AM
No criminal charges were filed because the crimes were too old to prosecute under the statute of limitations, the Hartford Courant reported.


This needs to be changed !

southerngirl
11-29-2007, 11:50 AM
This article contain pictures of his "stash" hidden behind basement wall panels.

Creep.

http://www.courant.com/news/custom/topnews/hc-reardon1129.artnov29,0,5888183.story

pjop
11-29-2007, 12:44 PM
This needs to be changed !

Seriously, that is so eff'd up!!! Why is there a statute of limitations at all, on this type of thing, of all things!!!

Nocgirl
11-29-2007, 01:06 PM
This story makes me sick to my stomach. What a pervert. Did he have any children? His children should be ashamed and look into changing their names.

I believe this DR is dead though, correct?

Squishified
11-29-2007, 01:10 PM
Yes, the doctor is dead. So they wouldn't be able to prosecute him. The porn was found a decade after his death.

philamena
11-29-2007, 08:43 PM
May he burn for all eternity.
Here's the picture of his secret hiding place.
http://www.courant.com/media/thumbnails/photo/2007-11/33997687-28081649.jpg

Filly
11-30-2007, 07:56 AM
Yes, the doctor is dead. So they wouldn't be able to prosecute him. The porn was found a decade after his death.

Him being dead opens another can of worms. It's unfortunate that some people figure now that the creep is dead all the victims can now just "get over it". It can also leave a victim stuck in their recovery process. If confronting the filthy, freak was something they hoped to do they are now left to go another way in their recovery. It stinks big time. I had this personal experience and was told by a member of my abusrers family "Well it is OVER now the mean old man dropped dead. You can move on". My reply to them was "Well I'm NOT DEAD". We so need to make people aware that these crimes commited against children effect every waking minute of their lives.

believe09
11-30-2007, 09:28 AM
Him being dead opens another can of worms. It's unfortunate that some people figure now that the creep is dead all the victims can now just "get over it". It can also leave a victim stuck in their recovery process. If confronting the filthy, freak was something they hoped to do they are now left to go another way in their recovery. It stinks big time. I had this personal experience and was told by a member of my abusrers family "Well it is OVER now the mean old man dropped dead. You can move on". My reply to them was "Well I'm NOT DEAD". We so need to make people aware that these crimes commited against children effect every waking minute of their lives.

I think the one interview I have seen with a victim statement was SO poignant. He thought he was the only one-brought by WHEELCHAIR into the pediatrician's office, undressed and shown pictures of child porn to see if it "excited him." This doctor's monstrosity messed with a generation of patients who most likely have not only deep psych wounds, but are incredibly reluctant to seek healthcare.

Filly
11-30-2007, 10:44 AM
I think the one interview I have seen with a victim statement was SO poignant. He thought he was the only one-brought by WHEELCHAIR into the pediatrician's office, undressed and shown pictures of child porn to see if it "excited him." This doctor's monstrosity messed with a generation of patients who most likely have not only deep psych wounds, but are incredibly reluctant to seek healthcare.

That is just one of the most heartbreaking things I have ever heard. How da*n sad is that? This poor guy.

concernedperson
11-30-2007, 10:52 AM
That is just one of the most heartbreaking things I have ever heard. How da*n sad is that? This poor guy.

It is horrible and lifelong for the doctors victims. I hope learning about the doctor will help all the victims know they weren't alone and give them some kind of peace.

Squishified
11-30-2007, 11:22 AM
Him being dead opens another can of worms. It's unfortunate that some people figure now that the creep is dead all the victims can now just "get over it". It can also leave a victim stuck in their recovery process. If confronting the filthy, freak was something they hoped to do they are now left to go another way in their recovery. It stinks big time. I had this personal experience and was told by a member of my abusrers family "Well it is OVER now the mean old man dropped dead. You can move on". My reply to them was "Well I'm NOT DEAD". We so need to make people aware that these crimes commited against children effect every waking minute of their lives.

Hey Filly,
Since you were quoting my post, you don't mean me, do you???? :eek: I wish the doctor was still alive so he could be prosecuted. But I am sure he is not in a good place right now. Prayers for all his victims and I hope they are able to find peace.

Filly
11-30-2007, 02:55 PM
Hey Filly,
Since you were quoting my post, you don't mean me, do you???? :eek: I wish the doctor was still alive so he could be prosecuted. But I am sure he is not in a good place right now. Prayers for all his victims and I hope they are able to find peace.

Oh Lord no I didn't mean you Squished. I'm sorry if you thought that. Naw, someone said that to me, and I know other victims of child sexual abuse who had similar things said to them. Like "Oh well he died so you can just forget it ever happened". Too bad it don't work that way. Sorry again Squished.

Squishified
11-30-2007, 03:19 PM
Oh Lord no I didn't mean you Squished. I'm sorry if you thought that. Naw, someone said that to me, and I know other victims of child sexual abuse who had similar things said to them. Like "Oh well he died so you can just forget it ever happened". Too bad it don't work that way. Sorry again Squished.

I knew you probably didn't mean me. But I can never be too sure. ;) :blowkiss:

Missizzy
05-04-2011, 08:34 PM
The first trial concerning Dr. George Reardon is underway:

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/04/05/ap/business/main20050918.shtml

1st trial starts in Conn. doctor sex-abuse case
April 5, 2011

"A man testified Tuesday that a late Connecticut doctor suspected of molesting scores of children performed a sex act on him in the late 1960s while he and his three brothers were taking part in what was supposed to be a human growth study. The man, using the pseudonym William Roe, was a witness in a Waterbury Superior Court trial on the claims by another alleged victim of Dr. George Reardon, who died in 1998. The civil case is the first to reach trial among about 90 people who are suing St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center of Hartford, claiming hospital officials failed to prevent the abuse. The hospital's lawyers say hospital officials didn't know about the abuse...."

and

"....Roe testified that Reardon asked his mother for permission to include him and his three brothers in the growth study after one brother had his tonsils removed at St. Francis in 1967. Roe said he and his brothers saw Reardon individually at the hospital for the study. When it was his turn, Roe said, he undressed and Reardon measured his genitals. He said Reardon then told him he needed to stimulate him, and then proceeded to touch his genitals to the point of ejaculation. Roe said he was 9 or 10 years old at the time...."

and

"....Reardon practiced at St. Francis for three decades. Police believe he abused hundreds, possibly thousands, of children under the guise of a bogus growth study. The abuse was uncovered in 2007 when the owner of Reardon's former home in West Hartford cracked open a wall during a renovation project and found thousands of videos and slides showing children in various sexual acts and positions...."

more at link



And from the defense:

http://www.courant.com/health/connecticut/hc-st-francis-day14-0504-20110503,0,6048695.story

Yale Bioethicist Testifies For Defense In St. Francis Case
May 3, 2011

"A medical ethicist testified Tuesday that St. Francis Hospital could not have been expected — under widely accepted scientific guidelines — to monitor Dr. George Reardon's fictitious growth study because the so-called study was never presented as true research or submitted to the hospital for approval.

The assertion by Dr. Robert Levine, an internationally recognized bioethicist at Yale University, supports the hospital's effort in court to portray the sham growth study that Reardon used as a pretext to abuse children as a reflection of what colleagues thought was Reardon's interest in collecting data on pediatric growth rates — not scientific research that the hospital could have been required to approve and monitor...."

more at link



And the jury's about to get the case:

http://www.courant.com/health/connecticut/hc-st-francis-day15-0505-20110504,0,7752634.story?track=rss

Testimony On Pedophiles Ends Evidence In St. Francis Trial
Jury Could Get Case Late Thursday
May 4, 2011

"An expert on sexual abuse testified Wednesday that Dr. George Reardon was "the classic, successful pedophile" — an assertion that surprised no one on what was the final day of evidence in the first of more than 90 lawsuits by Reardon's victims...."

more at link

dsntslp
05-04-2011, 08:38 PM
There just aren't enough words... Bad, bad, bad words!

Mercyneal
05-05-2011, 09:17 AM
Impressive that they have acted so quickly and that this has gone to trial.

By the way, the Boston Globe is considering doing a story about the pedophile doctors who trained at Children's Hospital and Judge Baker Guidance Center.

Missizzy
05-05-2011, 02:33 PM
I found a timeline concerning Reardon. You'll note that he abused a young St. Francis patient in the 60s and there was a "modest" settlement much later in a civil suit. Was this not a tip off to the hospital that their doctor might have abused others?

http://www.courant.com/community/hartford/hc-reardon-timeline,0,3533720.story

Timeline: Dr. George Reardon Case

Mercyneal
05-05-2011, 06:55 PM
Yes, and Reardon was known for carrying a gun to the hospital... yet no one thought it was odd. People apparently just didn't want to face what was going on. We've all heard that before.

Missizzy
05-06-2011, 07:27 PM
A few questions here. Why was photography by doctors more common "back then"?
Just curious. And why was there never a proposal for the growth study? How did the hospital think it was being funded or carried out in their facility?


http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local/Jury-Deliberations-Underway-In-Sex-Abuse-Scandal-121351434.html

Hospital Sex Abuse Case Goes to Jury

"....Six jurors are now deciding if St. Francis Hospital in Hartford was negligent for failing to oversee the growth study Dr. George Reardon claimed he conducted back in the 1960s through the 1980s. Instead, Reardon used that study as a front to sexually abuse more than 500 children.

The abuse was uncovered in 2007, when 40,000 to 50,000 pornographic pictures were found hidden in a basement wall of Reardon's former West Hartford home during renovations by a new owner...."

and

"...Hospital attorney Paul Williams told jurors that St. Francis Hospital was duped just like the parents of the victims. "Dr. Reardon was a master manipulator," said Williams. He also pointed out that photography was common among doctors back then, that St. Francis Hospital never received any complaints about Reardon, and that Reardon never submitted a proposal for his growth study, so oversight was not required....."


More at link


And:

http://www.courant.com/health/connecticut/hc-st-francis-deliberations-day1-050720110506,0,330785.story?track=rss

St. Francis Jury To Resume Deliberations Monday

".....In a note to Superior Court Judge Dan Shaban at about 3:15 p.m. Friday, the jury said it was having difficulty finding, among the numerous hospital records submitted as trial exhibits, "the initial annual report showing the growth study." Several of the hospital records, including annual reports by the hospital's research committee and its medical department, refer to Reardon's growth study. In some documents, the study is included in lists of ongoing hospital research projects.

Shaban, after consulting with lawyers representing the victim and hospital, told jurors they would have to locate the report themselves. "You have all exhibits," Shaban said. "You were provided an exhibit list that could serve as a guide, that characterizes all exhibits. The court cannot direct you as to where to find certain information. That is your task and duty. You may take as much time as you need...."

More at link

Missizzy
05-10-2011, 06:07 PM
There's been a settlement:

http://www.wtnh.com/dpp/news/hartford_cty/st.-francis-announces-settlement-in-reardon-suits

St. Francis announces settlement in Reardon suits
May 9, 2011

"St. Francis Hospital announced Monday it has reached a settlement with 32 people suing the hospital over sexual assaults by former staff member Dr. George Reardon. Jury deliberations were expected to continue today the case until the settlement was announced.

St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center was being sued for not doing enough to prevent the late Dr. Reardon from abusing hundreds of children. The attorney for one victim asked for $8 million in damages. This was the first of 93 civil cases against the hospital...."

more at link (including a statement from the hospital)


The following link will not open for me but it looks like a settlement of 17 million:

http://www.ctlawtribune.com/getarticle.aspx?ID=40455


ETA: It finally opened:

"....HARTFORD (CT) Connecticut Law Tribune

By THOMAS B. SCHEFFEY

"About one-third of the plaintiffs who filed lawsuits alleging sexual abuse by Dr. George Reardon have reached a settlement totaling more than $17 million with the Hartford hospital where Reardon worked.

On Monday, as jurors were arriving for their third day of deliberations in a Waterbury courtroom, lawyers in the corporate negligence case against St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center announced a settlement covering 32 of 93 plaintiffs.

The trial for the first plaintiff, known only as John Doe No. 2, had ended and the jury was entering its third day of deliberations when the settlement was announced on Monday. John Doe No. 2 is expected to receive more than $1 million of the settlement pool, which knowledgeable participants confirmed to be in excess of $17 million. Paul Edwards, a lawyer for Stratton & Faxon in New Haven, the law firm representing the 32 plaintiff that settled, said the dollar figures are confidential. He declined to discuss the actual numbers......"

More at link

Missizzy
05-16-2011, 04:35 PM
I realize that this suit has been settled but I just found an article about a particular expert witness' testimony that floored me. This is what victims have to face in court. And people wonder why they don't disclose. Can you imagine having to prove to a jury that you feel inadequate and depressed because some monster abused you for SEVEN YEARS while you were a young child? And imagine that...the poor man's feelings about Reardon turned negative when the pornography was uncovered.

http://www.ctnow.com/health/connecticut/hc-st-francis-day12-0429-20110428,0,2379829.story

Psychiatric Expert Says Reardon's Abuse Did Not Affect Plaintiff's Emotional Well-Being

"A psychiatric expert for St. Francis Hospital testified Thursday that seven years of sexual abuse by Dr. George Reardon had almost no effect on the emotional well-being of one of his victims. The testimony contrasted sharply with that of an earlier expert and left jurors with a stark choice on an issue that could determine damages in the case.

"I could find no evidence that it impacted his psycho-social functioning," said Dr. Martin Kelly, a Massachusetts psychiatrist who lectures at Harvard University and is associated with several Boston hospitals...."

and

"....Dr. Steven Marans, a Yale University expert on the effect of sexual abuse on children, testified for Doe earlier in the trial that prolonged abuse at the hands of Reardon contributed to the break-up of Doe's marriage. Marans said the abuse left Doe with potentially lifelong emotional problems that include depression, anxiety, uncontrolled anger, a need to control events and feelings of inadequacy.

Despite contradictory diagnoses, both psychiatric experts said that Doe's prolonged exposure to Reardon as a boy left the child with mixed emotions toward his abuser. Among other things, Reardon became a friend of Doe's parents and took Doe and his brother on vacations to the Adirondack mountains. Marans attributed Doe's ambivalence toward Reardon to a phenomenon that causes victims to identify with their abusers...."

more at link