A third man sues the Children’s Home, claiming a house parent sexually assaulted him when he was a boy living at the Winston-Salem campus.

Winston Salem Journal

September 22,2020

By Michael Hewlett


ACaldwell County man is claiming that a house parent sexually assaulted him almost every day, sometimes three to four times a day, for five years in the early 1970s, starting when he was 12, according to a lawsuit recently filed in Mecklenburg Superior Court.

This is the third lawsuit filed against the Children’s Home, now known as Crossnore School & Children’s Home, in Winston-Salem and the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. The Conference operated the Children’s Home in the 1970s. The lawsuit was filed Sept. 18 in Mecklenburg Superior Court.

All three lawsuits focus on Bruce Jackson “Jack” Biggs and his wife, Beatrice Hatcher Biggs, who worked as house parents at the Anna Haines Cottage, one of 12 at the Children’s Home. The lawsuits said that they worked at the Children’s Home from 1966 to 1975. The lawsuits allege that they were fired because of “their demented and perverted sexually abusive assaults upon children.” They were never criminally charged. Jack Biggs died in 2015, and Beatrice Biggs, 82, lives in a nursing home, according to the lawsuits.

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