HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)-- A man's decision not to settle a lawsuit and fight in court is finally paying off. On Wednesday, the state's highest court ruled a Connecticut hospital has to pay him millions of dollars.
The man is one of hundreds of adults claiming that as children, they were sexually abused over three decades by a doctor working at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center.
St Francis Hospital and Medical Center was told to pay $2.7 million, just the latest "cost" of having Dr. George Reardon on staff back in the 60's.
Authorities say Reardon sexually abused hundreds of children under the guise of a fake growth study at the hospital.
Reardon died in 1998 of a heart attack.
The shocking case came to light in 2007, when folks renovating the doctors one time West Hartford home, discovered a cache of child pornography hidden behind basement wall panels.
Over one hundred former patients began filing lawsuits saying the hospital was well aware of the abuse but did nothing to stop it. By 2012, almost all had settled.
But a man identified only as Tim Doe went all the way to court.
In 2011, a jury in Waterbury awarded him $2.7 million. The hospital appealed. But Wednesday, in a five to one ruling the high court upheld the award.
The victim's lawyer told News 8:
"The [State] Supreme Court is saying St. Francis is responsible, and it's time for the hospital to say they are sorry to Tim and to all the children that were sexually abused at their hospital."
St. Francis is not apologizing. In fact, when asked for a comment of the justices decision the hospital released a 26 word statement which says it was a difficult issue for everyone involved and it continues to provide leading edge care to the diverse community.
Tim Doe didn't want to talk about the court victory over the hospital, but his lawyer says it is an emotional time for him and his family.
With recent settlements and the high court ruling, the cases against the hospital concerning Dr Reardon appear to finally be over.
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