Six More Victims Claim Dr. Reardon Abused Them | NBC Connecticut

Six More Victims Claim Dr. Reardon Abused Them

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    The late Dr. George Reardon, at hearing regarding his medical license in the mid 1990s. Almost 50 of his alleged victim have filed a lawsuit against the Hartford Archdiocese, which ran St. Francis Hospital when the victims claim they were abused.

    Six more people have come forward, accusing the late Dr. George Reardon, a former St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center physician, of sexual abuse.

    The Stratton Faxon Law Firm is now representing more than 50 adults, former patients of Dr. Reardon who said the sexual abuse happened at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford.

    The law firm says six more people have come forward, both men and women.

    The victims said Dr. Reardon fondled them and forced them to pose naked for lewd photographs that Reardon took in his hospital office.

    One of the latest plaintiffs to join the case said he was forced to perform sex acts on another minor male patient while Reardon photographed them. Some victims have reported this behavior being forced among siblings.

    Then, they said, Reardon would give them rewards “so that he could continue his deviant sexual pursuits,” the news release from the law office says

    Reardon worked in the hospital from 1963 and died in 1998. Almost 10 years after his death, residents of Reardon’s former West Hartford home discovered a trove of pictures of naked children, many of whom had been the doctor’s patients.

    "It is still very difficult for people to come forward,” Attorney Joel T. Faxon of Stratton Faxon in New Haven said. “This latest round of child victims found the inner strength to confront this issue, seek to hold St. Francis accountable and, by their actions, protect other vulnerable children. I'm sure that cases will continue to be filed as more child victims come to terms with this horrific, disgusting tragedy."

    St. Francis is also a named defendant in the new suit, accused of neglecting to protect its minor patients.