Jury awards sexually abused boy nearly $1M

Posted: Thursday, May 14, 2009

ANCHORAGE - A jury has awarded nearly $1 million to a boy who was sexually abused for years, despite reports to the state Office of Children's Services.

The Anchorage jury decided the award Wednesday afternoon. However, it found that the state was only liable for 7 percent of the damages, or less than $70,000.

The boy's attorney says the rest of the judgment is to be paid by the boy's mother and the man convicted of abusing him. The lawyer, Christina Schleuss, tells the Anchorage Daily News neither has much money available.

State lawyers said any mistakes were minor, caseworkers made reasonable decisions and the fault for the abuse was with the other adults in the boy's life.



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