Jury in U.S. District Court in Wilmington Awards $2.4 Million in Damages to Man Who Was Sexually Abused by Priest in New York

Nov 19, 2013 -- 9:20am

A jury in U.S. District Court in Wilmington has awarded nearly 2 and a half million dollars to a man for sexual abuse he was subjected to while attending a Catholic school in New York.

After deliberating for two hours Monday, the jury awarded 45-year-old Brian Elliott $1.4 million in compensatory damages and $1 million in punitive damages. The jury ruled that Elliott was exposed to more than six dozen instances of graphic sexual abuse over a six-year period between 1977 and 1983, when he was between the ages of eight and 14, at the hands of Brother Damian Galligan of the Marist Brothers of the Schools in New York. Galligan was a former principal and teacher at Mt. St. Michaels’ School.

During the trial, testimony was heard from another survivor of abuse by Galligan, Dr. Peter Marghella. Dr. Carol Tavani, an expert witness, testified that Elliott suffered from PTSD, depression and alcoholism as a result of the sexual abuse.

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