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Welcome to the website of Connecticut Crime Victim Lawyer Tim O’Keefe, an established Connecticut trial lawyer who is dedicated to representing crime victims in claims for financial compensation for their harms and losses.  If you are interested in pursuing a potential claim, please contact us for a Free Consultation.

Stabbing at Hartford, CT Apartment Highlights Need for Proper Security Measures

A recent stabbing at a Hartford, Connecticut apartment complex highlights the continued need for proper and adequate security measures to protect people from criminal behavior.  You can read more about the incident here:
Please contact us for a Free Consultation if you would like to have us review a potential Negligent Security Claim.

PLAINVILLE MAN SHARED 20 GIRLS’ NUDE PICTURES, POLICE SAY

The United States Supreme Court is going to hear a case involving whether victims of child pornography are entitled to seek financial restitution from people who view or otherwise make use of their pornographic images. The Hartford Courant recently reported on a Plainville, Connecticut man who collected and shared obscene photographs of more than twenty underage girls. You can read more about that case here:

http://www.courant.com/community/plainville/hc-plainville-nude-photos-1001-20130930,0,526412.story


Court Grants $750,000.00 Attachment Order in School Van Sex Assault Case

On September 25, 2013, Judge Sam Sferrazza issued an order granting a $750,000.00 attachment to the family of a young girl who was sexually assaulted by a school van driver.  The order was issued in the case of Doe v. King in Rockville Superior Court.  The order says that, “the plaintiff has demonstrated probable cause that a judgment will be rendered in her favor…”

The plaintiff in the case is represented by Attorney Timothy O’Keefe of the Hartford trial law firm of Kenny, O’Keefe & Usseglio, P.C.

Connecticut Supreme Court Upholds Sex Assault Conviction

In a decision released on August 6, 2013, the Connecticut Supreme Court has upheld a criminal conviction of a child sex predator.  The defendant in the case, State v. Stephen, J.R., appealed his conviction of sixteen counts of sexual assault in the first degree and risk of injury to a minor claiming the testimony of his child victim was too “generic” and “non-specific” to allow for a conviction on multiple counts.  The child had testified at trial that the defendant had sexually assaulted her “three or four times” and it was “always the same thing”.  During a previous clinical child interview at the Aetna Foundation Children’s Center at St. Francis Hospital, the child testified that the sexual assaults occurred “five to six times”.   On appeal, the defendant argued that there was insufficient evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that he abused the child on four separate and distinct occasions.
Writing for a unanimous court, Justice Andrew McDonald wrote that sometimes “testimony from a child victim describing a series of indistinguishable acts by an abuser who has ongoing access to the child is often the only evidence that the child is able to provide.”  Judge McDonald also reiterated this state’s long held view that our courts “will not impose a degree of certitude as to date, time and place that will render prosecutions of those who sexually abuse children impossible.  To do so would have us establish, by judicial fiat, a class of crimes committable with impunity”.  The court upheld the convictions of the defendant.
If you would like to discuss legal representation for a claim for civil damages arising out of a child sex assault, please use the Free Case Evaluation Form on this website.  All inquiries will be handled with 100% confidentiality.

Newington Schools Tutor Charged With Sexual Assault

NEWINGTON — A woman who worked as a special education tutor in the Newington school system has been charged with eight counts of second-degree sexual assault after engaging in a sexual relationship with a 20-year-old student.

Newington school officials notified police of the allegations on June 13 and on Monday police announced they’d arrested Amy Belliveau, 43, of New Britain. Police said she turned herself in Thursday after learning a warrant had been issued for her arrest.

It is against state law for a school employee to have sexual contact with a student, regardless of age of the student.

Belliveau has been fired from her position. The sexual contact occurred between April and June of 2013, police said. The victim was a student at the Newington Transitional Academy, police said.

Schools Superintendent William C. Collins said the district worked jointly with police after they began to suspect a sexual relationship had occurred. Collins said he was “thrilled” that an arrest was made.

The 20-year-old student was a “high-functioning” special needs student, he said.

Belliveau was placed on administrative leave as soon as the investigation began and then terminated after the arrest. Collins said she was in her first year of teaching in the district.

She posted $10,000 bail and is due back in court Oct. 9.


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