August 24, 2015

Convicted molester ordered to pay $1M in civil action

8-24-15 Vermont:

BURLINGTON, Vt. - A former teacher's aide sent to prison for child sex abuse has now been ordered to pay the victim a million dollars.

Douglas Cavett, 49, was convicted in 2010 of sexually assaulting a Burlington middle school student back in the early 1990s. Cavett was sentenced to 5 to 15 years in prison.

The victim sued and on Friday a jury in Burlington awarded him $500,000 in compensatory damages and $500,000 in punitive damages.

Lawyer Jerry O'Neill, who worked the case pro bono, says the verdict is a warning to child molesters that they will be held accountable for their crimes in civil court in addition to facing jail time. ..Source.. by WCAX News

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