“Wall of Secrets” Child Porn Could Change the Law

Unearthed photos of abuse reveal legal issue

When 50,000 slides of child pornography spewed forth from inside a wall in the West Hartford home of a dead doctor a little over a year ago, it unearthed a complex legal issue.

The statute of limitations allows for victims of childhood sexual abuse to file legal claims 30 years after turning 18.

But Dr. George Reardon began working at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford back in 1963.  He died in 1998, and nearly a decade later, residents of his former home discovered a trove of pictures of naked children - many of them had been Reardon's patients.

More than 100 people claiming to be his victims have sued the hospital for negligence and are reportedly in mediation. 

State Rep. Beth Bye of West Hartford said she knows of another person who would like to sue but is too old, so she is proposing a change in the law that would allow someone to sue up to three years after new evidence comes to light.

St. Francis officials said they can't comment because they're still assessing the proposed legislation.
 

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