After four years of litigating against corporate defendants, Gary T. Iscoe, one of the partners at Steinger, Iscoe, & Green, feels that justice was finally served in a Port St. Lucie sex abuse case.
Since 2007, four young girls had been victimized by a pedophile at Village Green Head Start in Port St. Lucie, Florida. The case was settled last week, and the families of the children were awarded a $6.5 million settlement, according to NewsCBS12.
“I think that they’re relieved. I think that it gives them a little bit of closure,” said attorney for the victims, Neil Anthony of Steinger, Iscoe & Greene.
The pedophile is now in prison serving 20 years for “lewd and lascivious molestation of children.” He was a volunteer grandparent at Head Start.
“He would pick up the children, touch them, stroke them, kiss them and things like that,” said Anthony.
After one of the girls finally told her mother what was going on, the pedophile was arrested.
“The 6.5 million dollar settlement will go a long way to help the victims. It’s going to give the children adequate resources to get the therapy that’s recommended when something like this happens to a child at four and five years old,” said Anthony.
Iscoe said that other attorneys and law firms had told the children’s parents that the defendants were government entities and therefore had sovereign immunity. But the defendants were private corporations with private insurance.
“Trial by jury in a courtroom before a jury of their peers was the only incentive to bring this case to conclusion,” he stated.
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