Doctor Accused in Repressed Memory Case Reaches Settlement With His Accuser

WORCESTER — “The jury trial on allegations that a doctor molested a 10-year-old boy in Shrewsbury 38 years ago ended abruptly today when the two sides announced in U.S. District Court that they had reached a settlement.

Lawyers for Dr. Richard B. Edison of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Timothy Clark of Charlton said that they reached an agreement last night Sunday. They informed Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV as a hearing was scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. today.

The jury of five women and three men was informed at 9 a.m., dismissed, and thanked by the judge for their service. The jury had expected to hear the last testimony and closing arguments in the six-day trial and begin deliberations today.

Lawyers Stephen J. Gordon and Dana L. Lauer for Mr. Clark and John O. Mirick and Stephen L. Cohen for Dr. Edison said the terms of the settlement are confidential and would not divulge them. They asked the court to dismiss the civil case with prejudice.

Each side waived its right to appeal and will bear its own costs.”

It is evident that the defense attorneys saw they were losing the case and felt it was time to settle. No man, who is accused of sexually abusing a ten year-old boy, is going to settle if he is innocent.

The witnesses were obviously very credible, and the testimony of the psychologist who explained how an abused child can dissociate from trauma, must have been very convincing.

Three cheers to Mr. Clark, who had the guts to get up on that stand and speak about having been sexually abused by a male, and that, while still a child, he found himself in a “sexual relationship” with his perpetrator.

Mr. Clark gives courage to other men in similar circumstances, and there are hundreds of thousands of them out there.


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4 Responses to Doctor Accused in Repressed Memory Case Reaches Settlement With His Accuser

  1. Maria says:

    I am heartbroken and angry after 4 years of experiencing the ups and downs of this nightmare. The lawyers are corrupt as ever. They scared Mr. Clark with thoughts of appeals and another year or so of this, into accpting a settlement so they could get paid.

  2. little nel says:

    This story reminds me of a friend who told me that she had a “sexual relationship” with her maternal uncle when she was 13.

    She really thought that he loved her because he told her so all the time.

    Then he abruptly moved away when she was 15, without saying anything about it to her.

    She was brokenhearted and crushed.

    When she got older, she searched for him. She found out that he married a woman with a 12 year-old daughter.

    “How much money do you want to go away?” was his response when she phoned him after all that time had passed.

  3. jim says:

    just out of curiosity would you do an article on those who falsely accuse others of abuse (i did read your article about it being uncommon) but it does happen

    • Alethea says:

      This Blog is not about false accusations of child sexual abuse. There are hundreds of websites, blogs, groups, and well-financed organizations that deal with, write about, and defend people who claim they are being falsely accused.

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