Dr. Reardon Sex Abuse Trial Goes to Jury

Lawyers for survivors of Dr. Reardon’s sexual abuse finished closing arguments yesterday. The trial is now in the hands of the jury. The survivors have contended that St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center failed to supervise and monitor so-called “growth” studies performed by Dr. George Reardon who has been accused of abusing hundreds of young boys under the guise of medical exams.
According to the Hartford Courant, “The jury began considering a verdict at about 4 p.m. Thursday, after the hourlong summations and after Superior Court Judge Dan Shaban, presiding over the trial’s fifth week, gave them instructions in applicable law.
Doe’s suit against the hospital contains two counts for the jury to consider. Both accuse St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center of negligence that contributed substantially to Reardon’s ability to abuse children.
The first contends that the hospital’s failure to apply generally accepted scientific standards of review to research by Reardon resulted in the abuse of Doe. It also claims that St. Francis failed in a special duty under state law to provide care to vulnerable children in its custody, including Doe.”