MOUNT VERNON — Samuel A. Thatcher of Centerburg has been sued by the mother of the girl involved in the sexual abuse case against him three years ago.
Samuel Thatcher and another man, Donald Bailey of Centerburg, were sentenced Nov. 30, 2010, after pleading guilty to one count of contributing to the delinquency or unruliness of a child. The two were accused of engaging in oral sex with a 14-year-old girl the previous year. Thatcher was 19 at the time; Bailey was 20.
Both were sentenced to five years on probation. Thatcher also received 30 days of house arrest with electronic monitoring and a suspended 180-day jail sentence. Bailey received 20 days in the Knox County Jail. Both were also ordered to perform 100 hours of community service and were fined $200 plus court costs.
The lawsuit, filed by attorney Konrad Kircher of Mason, Ohio, on behalf of “Jane and Jenny Doe,” seeks at least $25,000 in compensatory damages and, “because Defendant’s conduct was intentional, malicious, and/or with reckless disregard for the welfare of Plaintiffs, Plaintiffs respectfully demand punitive damages.” They also ask for “reasonable attorney fees, costs and all other reliefs to which they may be entitled.”
The plaintiffs ask to remain anonymous to protect the identity of a victim of childhood sexual abuse.
Kircher said the suit comes now, almost three years after the crime, because the girl was only 14 at the time and “not ready to grapple” with the issues.
“She’s been in counseling consistently,” Kircher said, and feels she is ready to regain control of her life.
He said it is actually early for a child abuse case like this to be filed as the statute of limitations is “12 years after the victim reaches the age of majority.”
Although Bailey is not being sued at this time, Kircher said they may also sue him in the future. However, “he has contacted us and has cooperated.”
Kircher said he has tried child abuse cases all over the state and victims are often referred to him by child protection organizations. One such organization, the Justice League of Ohio, was involved in the Thatcher case.
“We work together but there is no formal relationship,” he said. “It’s a wonderful organization.”
The suit claims that, as a result of the defendant’s actions, the victim “has suffered sever emotional injuries and will continue to suffer from such injuries in the future, including medical expenses and lost earning capacity.”
It claims the mother “has suffered the loss of consortium, companionship, society and services of her daughter and has incurred substantial medical, educational and other expenses.”
The case was the center of a brief furry of controversy in 2010 because the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, which was handling the case, initially misfiled the case in Mount Vernon Municipal Court when it should have been filed in Juvenile Court.
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