Alleged Victim in West Hartford Child Porn Case Files Lawsuit

NBC 30
December 3, 2007

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. — An alleged victim and former patient of a West Hartford doctor filed a lawsuit in court Monday after more than 50,000 images of child pornography were found in the doctor's former home last week.

The new owners of Reardon's home on Griswold Drive found the slides in May during renovations.

The former patient of Dr. George Reardon is seeking compensation from both Reardon's estate and St. Francis Hospital and Medical

Center, where Reardon worked.

According to a statement from the alleged victim's lawyer, most of the alleged abuse occurred at the hospital.

The statement said Reardon repeatedly abused the victim by making him wear a shroud or mask over his head while Reardon photographed him naked.

It goes on to say Reardon forced the victim to masturbate.

The statement said that the law firm investigated and alleges Reardon would reward alleged victims with cash and trips to a gun club.

The lawsuit claims that St. Francis neglected to protect its patients from sexual assault and battery.

St. Francis released a statement last week after the slides were found. "Our sympathies go out to any families who may have been victims of any inappropriate activity by Dr. Reardon," it read. "At the time, Saint Francis fully cooperated with all federal and state authorities involved in this matter."

Police said the photos found may have been shared with others. Police said that, based on notations on the slides, they believe Reardon was part of a pre-Internet network that traded images of abused boys and girls. They are trying to identify the victims in order to prosecute anyone in the country who possessing the images.

Police are asking anyone who believes their photo may be in this collection to contact police at 860-523-2070.

Any information gathered will be kept in strictest confidence, police said.


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