Abuse lawsuit could be tried by jury
The civil suit brought against the town and school district by a local family alleging negligence and resulting injury will be tried before a plaintiff-requested jury of six if not settled, according to recently released court documents.
Members of the plaintiff party, permitted by the court due to the sensitive nature of their case to use the pseudonym “Doe,” allege that Eric Von Kohorn, the former Miller-Driscoll paraprofessional now incarcerated on a child pornography possession charge, sexually abused their daughter during the 2012-13 year, when she was a preschool student.
A trial management conference is scheduled for Feb. 22, 2017. If the dispute cannot be resolved then, a jury trial is slated to begin March 14, 2017. The plaintiff party is seeking compensatory damages in excess of the minimum $15,000, but if the matter comes to verdict, the award will “likely” exceed $50,000, the scheduling order says.
The claim for damages argues the child has and will continue to suffer “serious and permanent” physical, personal, psychological, emotional, and behavioral injuries as a result of the alleged incident and negligence thereof, as well as economic losses for the costs of treatment over the course of her lifetime.
In all counts of the complaint, it is argued, “the Town of Wilton is legally responsible for any damages assessed against Wilton Board of Education as a result of the injuries suffered by” members of the plaintiff party.