Another plaintiff has stepped forward claiming that he too was sexually abused by the Donald J. Fitzpatrick, the ex-clubhouse manager for the Boston Red Sox. The plaintiff, Gerald Armstrong, is a former Kansas City clubhouse attendant. He is just one of numerous men suing the baseball team for Massachusetts injury damages related to the molestation they allegedly suffered at the hands of Fitzpatrick beginning the late 1960’s through 1991.
According to the Boston Globe, the numerous Boston sex abuse lawsuits are collectively seeking $100M. Fitzpatrick left his job with the team in 1991 after a boy exhibited a sign before a game accusing the clubhouse manager of sexually assaulting him. He passed away in 2005 while serving a suspended sentence for numerous counts of attempted sexual battery against a number of young boys in Florida (Investigators in this case said there were several other alleged victims but criminal charges could not be pursued due to the statute of limitations. However, a number of the victims went on to sue and settle for civil damages.)
Many of Fitzpatrick’s alleged victims claim that he abused them at Fenway Park. Others said that he victimized them in his Randolph condo, his vehicle, or while traveling with the team. For some, the statute of limitations for filing a civil claim has already passed. However, that doesn’t mean that the Red Sox can’t be persuaded to settle.
Currently, by law victims of Massachusetts child abuse have until their 43rd birthday to file criminal charges. While a bill that would have extended the civil statute of limitations to the victims 43rd birthday passed through the Massachusetts House it has yet to gain traction in the Senate where the legislation’s provision offering a one-year window allowing any victim to file his her sex/abuse lawsuit was stripped over concerns that it might be unconstitutional.
In Massachusetts, contact our Boston child sex abuse law firm today.
Toll of accusers in Red Sox abuse case grows, Boston.com, October 1, 2012
Donald Fitzpatrick Sex Scandal: Former Boston Red Sox Clubhouse Manager Preyed On Boys Decades Ago, Huffington Post, November, 15, 2011
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