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Buddhist monk, Boa-Ubol, has been living and studying in a Buddhist temple in Long Beach, California for the past few years. Protests began recently in Illinois and California over accusations that the monk sexually assaulted two girls, fathering a child with one, in a Chicago Buddhist temple in 2000.

Members of SNAP, Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, protested in front of the southwest side Chicago temple where the abuse was said to occur. When the abuse was originally reported, officials at the temple claimed that Boa-Ubol was to be sent back to Thailand. Officials at the temple in California claim to have had no knowledge of incidents that occurred in Chicago.

The Klest Injury Law Firm has represented victims of sexual abuse in Illinois and throughout the country. The firm recently announced a milestone victory by receiving a $28,000,000 verdict for a sexual abuse victim. This verdict represents the largest civil sexual abuse verdict in Illinois history and is among the largest in the nation. To speak to an experienced sexual abuse attorney from the Klest Injury Law Firm, click here, or call 866-264-7639.

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The State of Illinois pulled licenses from 11 health care professionals on Monday citing a new state law that prohibits registered sex offenders and some convicted felons from working in the health care field. Some of the physicians and nurses whose licenses were taken away were convicted of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and child pornography.

The new law gives the State of Illinois the authority to permanently revoke licenses without a hearing.

Before the law took effect the Chicago Tribune reported that a number of doctors in Illinois, convicted of sex crimes, were allowed to keep their physician’s licenses.

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Last week, police charged an Antioch man with molesting a 9-year-old girl, although the incidents of abuse allegedly occurred nearly 10 years ago. Authorities began investigating the matter last June after the victim, who is now 18, came forward to police with information about the abuse.

Victims of child sexual abuse often remain silent about the abuse for years, sometimes coming forward only after they reach adulthood. If you or someone you know has been the victim of sexual abuse, you should speak with an Illinois personal injury attorney to assess a potential claim. To speak with an experienced sexual abuse lawyer, please click here.

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A recent Chicago Tribune survey of six universities in Illinois and Indiana found that of 171 campus sexual assault cases reported since 2005, police investigations resulted in only 12 arrests and 4 convictions. The rate is far below the national average, leaving most victims with no resolution to their case.

In the midst of this alarming trend, the Department of Education has begun a new initiative to encourage universities and police to more aggressively pursue reports of sexual assaults on campuses. But, because many of these cases involve alcohol, authorities tend to have a difficult time assessing the facts when comparing conflicting accounts from the suspects and their accusers.

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A Crete-Monee High School boys basketball coach has been charged with the sexual abuse of a minor. The coach, Matthew Ryndak, reportedly turned himself into police last Wednesday on charges of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. According to the Will County State’s Attorneys Office, Ryndak now faces eight counts of the sexual abuse charges for allegedly inappropriately touching a high school boy in September, October, November and December of 2010. He was released from prison after posting a $10,000 bond. A police statement has indicated that none of the acts of sexual abuse occurred at the school itself. Aggravated criminal sexual abuse is a Class 2 felony with a possible sentence of three to seven years in prison.

According to reports, Ryndak has worked at the Crete-Monee High School since 2009. He led the boys basketball team to 25-4 record last year in his first year as head coach of the team. Ryndak was an assistant coach the previous season. He was placed on administrative leave in early May as the matter was being investigated by the Crete Police Department and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.

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Father Philip Derea, who is widely known as the ‘Race Track Reverend’ thanks to his close association with the Indianapolis 500 and the Indy Racing League Ministry, has been publicly accused of sexual abuse. The allegations stem from several sexual abuse acts that allegedly occurred more than three decades ago in the District of Columbia. Derea has served as a priest for more than 49 years and is reportedly a member in good standing with the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart. The accused was the ABC news Person of the Week in 1996 and officiated the wedding of Ashley Judd and race car driver Dario Franchitti. He is now a resident of suburban Chicago, IL.

The sexual abuse victim has revealed that after he contacted Derea regarding the allegations, the priest wrote him an e-mail response apologizing for the abuse and offering the victim sums of money if he would drop any legal claims. In response to the allegations the victims’ rights group Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests issued a statement condemning church officials for their failure to publicly remove the accused priest. The Missionaries of the Sacred Heart was reportedly contacted regarding the sexual abuse allegations but would not issue a statement.

The Klest Law Firm has over twenty nine years of experience handling Illinois personal injury cases, including sexual abuse claims. In fact, founding attorney Joseph Klest once deposed the accused Father Philip Derea relative to another sexual abuse case against the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart. To speak with Chicago sexual abuse attorney Joseph Klest, please click here.

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A U.S. Roman Catholic Commissioned audit completed on Monday showed that church related sexual abuse claims in the U.S. rose in 2010. According to the report, there were 428 new sexual abuse allegations in 2010, a 7% increase since 2009. As a result, the U.S. Catholic Church and its insurers paid over $124 million dollars to settle claims last year, a nearly $20 million dollar increase from 2009. The number of claims is still significantly less than the peak year of 2004 when 889 sexual abuse allegations were reported by the Church. These record numbers came on the heels of a widely publicized abuse scandal that broke in Boston, MA, about a decade ago. Since that time the U.S. Catholic Church has paid for the annual independent audit of sexual abuse claims. The U.S. Catholic church is now approaching $3 billion dollars in total settlements paid to sexual abuse victims.

The upward trend in credible sexual abuse allegations levied against the Church has been met with criticism by victims’ rights groups. The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (“SNAP”) issued a statement in response to the uptick indicting the bishops for refusing to abide by their own ‘vague and weak policies.’ Of the 345 clergy accused of sexual abuse in 2010, two thirds had already been removed from the ministry or had died.

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Published on: week the Klest Law Firm reported on two Chicago Police officers that were under investigation for an alleged on-duty sexual assault. The two officers were accused of engaging in sexual activity with an intoxicated female whom they offered a ride home. In updating that story, information has surfaced indicating that certain officers involved in the alleged assault may have been accused in the past. The story reveals that nearly a half dozen women have either come forward or are being interviewed in connection with sexual abuse allegations against the two officers that were involved in the alleged assault last week. A third officer, who frequently works with the accused officers on their overnight shift, has also been implicated. He was reportedly the recipient of a different complaint by another woman while he was partnering when one of the officers involved in the incident last week. All three officers have been relieved of their police powers for ‘misconduct’. The names of the Chicago Police officers remain unavailable.

A spokesperson for the Police Department has indicated that the command staff is not taking the allegations lightly and that more than four women are being actively interviewed by the Police forces. At least two of the officers are expected to face charges pending the conclusion of a forensic investigation. The Klest Law Firm will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.

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Two Chicago Police officers are being criminally investigated following allegations that the officers were involved in an on duty sexual assault early Wednesday morning. Reports indicate that the officers were arrested on Wednesday and questioned at the Belmont Area headquarters with legal representation present. They have yet to be criminally charged. The criminal investigation remains ongoing as Chicago Police continue to compile evidence and forensics.

The officers are accused of allegedly picking up an intoxicated 22 year old woman in a marked car near Wrigley Field and offering her a ride home. She allegedly had sex with one of the officers in the passenger seat of the vehicle on the ride home. Upon returning home, the woman and two officers are accused of playing strip poker before the women again had sex with one of the officers. The sexual abuse victim told investigating officers that she began to feel intimidated and was afraid of rejecting the officers’ sexual advances. The woman reportedly pounded on the wall to get her neighbor’s attention and later ran screaming from the apartment. A neighbor witness called the police around 3 a.m. Reports indicate that another neighbor witness reportedly saw a naked man running down the hallway of the building and another man who may have been wearing a police uniform. Investigators found portions of an officer uniform and a cell phone belonging to one of the officers in the woman’s apartment. The woman received treatment at St. Francis Hospital in Evanston.

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Three Philadelphia area priests and an area school teacher were charged with the sexual abuse of minor boys in their care yesterday while a former official with the Archdiocese was criminally charged with allowing the priests continued access to the children. The charges against the official are unprecedented as it is reportedly the first time that a Catholic leader has been charged criminally for the cover-up of abuse as opposed to the abusive acts themselves. The underlying abuse was allegedly perpetrated by two priests from the St. Jerome Parish from 1998 to 1999 and a teacher at the school in 2000. Another priest has been accused of sexually assaulting a different 14 year old boy in 1996.

The charges related to the cover-up of the sexual abuse have been levied against Monsignor William Lynn. Lynn has been formally charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child in connection with the allegations. Lynn was the individual in charge of investigating reports of priest abuse within the Philadelphia diocese from 1992 to 2004. The grand jury indictment included allegations that Lynn knowingly allowed dangerous priests to have continued contact with children. Reports indicate that the grand jury believed over 30 priests had remained within the Philadelphia ministry despite credible allegations of abuse. The priests responsible for the sexual abuse were charged with rape, indecent sexual assault and other criminal charges. Meanwhile the teacher has been accused of sodomizing an 11 year old boy. The grand jury has also recommended that the Archdiocese overhaul its procedures and policies for handling sexual abuse claims.

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