Child Sexual Abuse Attorney in Pasadena
The Claypool Law Firm is a nationally-recognized name in the fight against child sexual predators. In January, 2020, a new law in California was enacted to extend the statute of limitations to allow adults to sue for sexual abuse that occurred when they were minors. We are honored to partner with vulnerable individuals who were victims of sexual abuse as children. Having experienced severe emotional abuse and abandonment as a child, Mr. Claypool is able to relate with victims of sexual abuse in a genuine and organic fashion.
Private and public entities we can bring a claim against include but are not limited to:
- Daycare centers
- Child medical centers
- Youth activity groups
- Foster care agencies
Call us at (626) 602-1333 now to discuss the key details of your child sexual abuse case.
Gathering Evidence & Building a Claim
In just about every child sexual abuse case, the molester strongly denies all accusations because they know how heinously they acted. In some instances, the predator is prosecuted and convicted. In other cases, the predator has not been convicted of a crime, making the civil case more difficult to prove. The Claypool Law Firm is innovative in its approach to gathering evidence to prove that a perpetrator sexually abused a child.
We can look in a variety of places for proof of abuse, such as:
- Child's mental health records, including therapy notes
- Child’s medical records to reveal other physical injuries consistent with sexual abuse
- Statements from eyewitnesses
- Locating additional victims through the use of media outlets
- Disclosures of sexual abuse during a forensic examination
- Obtaining prior data related to conduct of the sexual predator
Our History with Child Sexual Abuse Plaintiff Cases
Over the past decade, Mr. Claypool has partnered with various child advocacy groups to collectively protect children from child sexual abuse and discrimination based on race and mental disability. Mr. Claypool and his team have also made progress against various school districts in protecting the civil rights of special needs children from physical, mental, and sexual abuse. Mr. Claypool has worked feverishly both with school officials and legislators to institute much need procedural and structural changes within schools to ensure that child predators are vetted, and the safety of our children is preserved.
Along with Marala Scott, Brian is working to release a book about child sexual abuse in early 2021. This book will touch the lives of children and parents across the world.
In early 2012, Mr. Claypool was catapulted into the national limelight when he appeared in front of countless TV cameras at Miramonte school as one of the lead lawyers for a large group of children who were subjected to horrifying forms of sexual abuse over a several year time period by a Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) teacher. Despite being notified on at least 3 prior occasions that this teacher was a suspected child predator, officials at Miramonte school and the LAUSD accused the reporting children and parents of lying. They knowingly permitted this teacher to continue to commit such lewd acts as placing his semen in cookies which were routinely fed to the children, some of whom had their hands tied behind their back. The same teacher also forced children to ingest his semen from a small spoon while he took pictures of this. He also placed cockroaches on the faces of numerous students while he took pictures. Mr. Claypool was one of three lead lawyers that filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against the LAUSD and individual school board members on behalf of 19 children and parents for negligence, intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress and Civil Rights violations based on a “special relationship” created between the LAUSD and the parents of the sexually abused children. Mr. Claypool also authored letters to President Obama and his wife Michelle imploring them to launch a criminal investigation of Miramonte school and the LAUSD. Recently, the US Department of Justice, in conjunction with the Los Angeles FBI office opened a file on Miramonte school. After nearly four years of battling with the district with over 100 depositions taken, we collectively settled the lawsuit during jury selection for $140 million, of which $38 million was allocated to our clients. As part of this historic settlement, LAUSD was required to modify its policies by providing, in writing, within 48 hours, notice that a teacher was being investigated for suspected child sexual abuse.
In addition, Mr. Claypool was once again launched onto the national platform as the attorney representing 5 young boys at La Puente High School who were subjected to a terrorizing form of hazing/sexual abuse as members of the high school soccer team. Based on the accounts of the victimized boys, they were lured into a dressing room by the “coach/teacher” at which time they were attacked by numerous varsity players. The assailants sodomized the anus of the boys with the end of a javelin pole, often taping the attack. After nearly three years of contentious litigation, we settled this case on the eve of trial for $4.5 million. We were also instrumental in forcing the school district to increase supervision of athletes to preempt any further hazing at the school.
The firm has also represented 28 adult victims of of child sexual abuse that occurred when they were minors attending a Santa Monica Police Activities League program in the 1990s. A Santa Monica IT employee pretended to be a police officer, wearing a badge and carrying a gun, who then lured these young boys into his vehicle and proceeded to sodomize them, including oral copulation. In January, 2020, a new law in California was enacted to extend the statute of limitations for adult victims of child sexual abuse to file civil lawsuits. We recently secured a $16.6 million settlement for 11 of these adult victims prior to engaging in litigation, which helped immunize each of those victims from further trauma. We recently filed a consolidated lawsuit against the City of Santa Monica on behalf of the remaining 17 sexual assault victims. We are optimistic that the firm will secure another favorable out-of-court settlement for these additional victims, which will compensate them for the emotional trauma, and also bring about reforms to the process of vetting and supervising volunteers in the program.
In yet another case, Claypool Law Firm is representing the great-grandmother of Noah Cuarto, a 4-year-old boy who was tortured and murdered by his parents. Noah’s great-grandmother reported multiple incidents of child abuse to the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), and the agency failed to remove the boy from his parents’ home – despite ongoing reports of abuse, previous instances of abuse and neglect, and medical evidence that the boy’s mother had sociopathic tendencies. The abused child was on DCFS’ radar before he was born because his mother was accused of abusing his infant half-sister, causing skull fractures. For 4 years, the agency failed him.
The multi-million-dollar civil lawsuit seeks to hold DCFS accountable for botching an investigation, ignoring court orders, and failing to carry out the removal order that would have saved Noah’s life. While testifying in front of a grand jury, a DCFS staffer admitted to opposing Noah’s removal even though she had never read the 26-page filing to the juvenile court detailing the child’s suffering and the necessity for removal.
After a horrific and preventable instance of abuse, in which neighbors heard the child crying for help, Noah Cuatro died from suffocation at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles surrounded by doctors and nurses. His great-grandmother could not even make it to his bedside to say goodbye to the child she loved and tried to protect. Noah’s parents face criminal charges for torturing and murdering their son, but DCFS must face consequences, as well. We are proud to represent Noah’s family as they seek justice and attempt to move forward from this unthinkable tragedy.
Mr. Claypool is in the process of partnering with other child advocates to form a nonprofit corporation, the purpose of which would be to provide a “safe” portal in which parents and/or children would be able to report suspected sexual abuse without being subjected to retaliation and recrimination.
For your child sexual abuse case in Pasadena or elsewhere in the country, trust in our experience. Call (626) 602-1333 now.
$38 Million Recovery Child Sexual Abuse Case Against LAUSD
We recovered $38,000,000 on behalf of 19 children in the Miramonte child abuse case against Los Angeles Unified School District.
$27 Million Settlement Landmark Child Sexual Abuse Case
We recently represented 29 adult victims of child sexual abuse in a landmark case against the City of Santa Monica Police Activities League program, recovering $27 million and also bringing about fundamental structural changes to safeguard at-risk children.
$6.5 Million Settlement Abuse Case Against Foster Care Provider
On the eve of a jury trial, a $6,500,000 settlement on behalf of 5 children against a private foster care agency for physical and emotional abuse. (San Bernardino County Court).
$4.5 Million Recovery Hazing Case Against Local School District
We recovered $4.5 million dollars against La Puente / Hacienda Unified School District on behalf of 6 high school boys who were hazed by fellow soccer players
$4.5 Million Settlement Fatal Police Shooting of Unarmed Man
We obtained a $4.5 million settlement in a Federal Civil Rights action on behalf of the wife and children of an unarmed young man named Michael Nidah who was shot in the back and killed by a City of Downey Police Officer. (Assisted by co-lead counsel Dale K. Galipo).
$4.5 Million Verdict Jury Verdict Against Long Beach PD
A Federal court jury awarded $4.5 million in a civil rights case against the Long Beach Police Department stemming from the shooting death of an unarmed man named Doug Zerby. (Assisted by co-counsel).
$2.5 Million Settlement Fatal Officer-Involved Shooting
$2.5 million settlement in a Federal lawsuit against the Port Authority of San Diego Police Department in a fatal officer-involved shooting of an unarmed man named Steven Hirschfield. (Assisted by co-counsel).
$1.7 Million Settlement Sexual Assault Case Against School District
Claypool Law Firm secured a $1.7 million settlement against Los Alamitos Unified School District on behalf of a teenage girl who was sexually assaulted by a wood-shop teacher.
A History of Success for Our Clients
The firm has an approximate 90% success rate. Mr. Claypool has conducted in excess of 100 jury trials in state and federal courts.
Undivided Attention on Your Case
Mr. Claypool is personally involved in every case and is committed to building strong personal connections with his clients.
To ensure that every client receives the attention and support he or she deserves, our firm maintains a select caseload and will not hesitate to partner with other upstanding lawyers in Southern California.
Dedicated to Social Change
Our firm is committed to helping victims of injustice break the code of silence that often permeates within private and government entities.
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