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.