Marina lawyers argue some accusers’ names should be revealed

0

Lawyers for West Alton Marina argue that the identities of some of those who alleged they were sexually assaulted while working there when they were underage should be revealed. A lawyer representing the marina told a hearing on Monday that he believed the pretrial publicity caused great harm to the marina and its owners. He pointed to case law as to why he thinks some of the alleged victims who bring suits should lose their anonymity. John Murray and Brian Fortier face criminal charges in Belknap County Superior Court for allegedly sexually assaulting a teenage employee. They are also named in civil lawsuits filed in federal court. The civil complaints allege that for many years the defendants used the West Alton Marina business to groom minors for sexual activity and that Murray, who is married to marina owner Fortier, used the business to engage in sexual exploitation, including prostituting employees to customers. The lawsuits also claim that other marina owners knew what was going on and did nothing to stop it. Five former marina employees, four men and one woman, claim to have been victims of sexual harassment, abuse and touching. Lawyers representing the marina and its owners said the filing publicity, including what they called “unsubstantiated claims and exaggerations”, caused harm in the community to the marina and individual owners. They also pleaded for the dropping of the ‘John Doe’ aliases for three of the alleged victims, saying they are now adults and are not involved in any pending criminal charges. The lawyers said that under the case law, the allegations outlined in the lawsuits more closely resemble cases of workplace harassment that do not occur under “Doe” status. However, the lawyer for those who filed the lawsuits argued that they were victims of child sexual abuse by people in positions of power and should not lose their anonymity. The judge referred to the chilling effect of naming the alleged victims during the hearing. She asked the accusers to provide the court with affidavits stating why they wished to remain anonymous and said that during the preliminary phase of the civil case, they would remain so.

Lawyers for the West Alton Marina argue that the identities of some of the people who claimed they were sexually assaulted while working there when they were underage should be revealed.

A lawyer representing the marina told a hearing on Monday that he believed the pretrial publicity had caused great harm to the marina and its owners. He pointed to case law as to why he thinks some of the alleged victims who bring suits should lose their anonymity.

John Murray and Brian Fortier face criminal charges in Belknap County Superior Court for allegedly sexually assaulting a teenage employee. They are also named in civil lawsuits filed in federal court.

The civil complaints allege that for many years the defendants used the West Alton Marina business to groom minors for sexual activity and that Murray, who is married to marina owner Fortier, used the business to engage sexual exploitation, including employee prostitution. to customers.

The lawsuits also claim that other marina owners knew what was happening and did nothing to stop it.

Five former marina employees, four men and one woman, claim to have been victims of sexual harassment, abuse and touching.

Lawyers representing the marina and its owners said the filing publicity, including what they called “unsubstantiated claims and exaggerations”, caused harm in the community to the marina and individual owners.

They also pleaded for the dropping of the ‘John Doe’ aliases for three of the alleged victims, saying they are now adults and are not involved in any pending criminal charges. The lawyers said that under the case law, the allegations outlined in the lawsuits more closely resemble cases of workplace harassment that do not occur under “Doe” status.

However, the lawyer for those filing the lawsuits argued that they were victims of child sexual abuse by people in positions of power and should not lose their anonymity.

The judge referred to the chilling effect of naming the alleged victims during the hearing. She asked the accusers to provide the court with affidavits stating why they wished to remain anonymous and said that during the preliminary phase of the civil case, they would remain so.

Share.

About Author

Comments are closed.