Ashley Vaughn Awarded Public Justice Award

Dumas & Vaughn partner Ashley Vaughn was recently awarded the Arthur H. Bryant Public Justice Award by the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association.  This prestigious award is only awarded once a year.  Ashley received the award as one of a group of four female attorneys who represented women who had been sexually harassed at the Oregon […]

Army Captain and Former Boy Scout Leader Awaits Extradition to Washington to Face More Sex Abuse Charges

Already convicted of seven counts of child sex abuse in Virginia, former Army Captain and Boy Scout leader Robert Sypole is awaiting extradition to the state of Washington where he faces more sex abuse charges, including the alleged rape of his step-brother who committed suicide in 2017.  Garrett Sypole was 17 years old when he […]

Colorado Catholic Church to Offer Compensation Fund and Following Inquiry into Priest Abuse

Earlier this year, the Archdiocese of Denver agreed to a joint investigation into allegations of abuse by members of the clergy, along with the Colorado Attorney General’s office. The Dioceses of Pueblo and Colorado Springs also agreed to take part. Attorney General Phil Weiser and Archbishop Samuel Aquila announced the investigation in February, promising a […]

Scouts Change Their Story in Testimony to Congress and Admit They Let Those Accused of Sexual Abuse Return to Scouting

The leaders of the Boy Scouts of America have retracted earlier testimony they provided Congress concerning the problem of sexual abuse in Scouting. Initially, the Scouts told Congress that they didn’t allow men accused of sexual abuse to return as Scout volunteers. BSA has reversed that position and acknowledged that it has allowed back in […]

Cub Scout Leader Arrested for Raping 14-Year-Old in Oregon

Former Oregon Boy Scout volunteer, Douglas Wardell III, 34, was arrested last week and charged with repeatedly raping and fondling a 14-year-old girl between 2016 and 2019. A Marion County grand jury indicted him this week on two counts of first-degree rape and two counts of first-degree sexual abuse. Wardell had been a Cub Scout […]

New Jersey Latest State Set to Open Statute of Limitations in Child Sex Abuse Cases

Last week, the New Jersey Senate passed a bill to reform the statute of limitations for victims of child sexual abuse. The Senate approved the measure, 32-1. It now goes back for a vote in the Democrat-controlled Assembly, where it has already passed through committee. The new law will allow victims of child sexual abuse […]

Seattle Archdiocese Pays $7 Million to Settle Child Sexual Abuse Claims

The Seattle Archdiocese recently settled sex abuse claims brought by six men who said priests sexually abused them when the men were children. The Archdiocese agreed to pay a total of close to $7 million for all claims. All of the accused priests were identified on the Seattle Archdiocese’s list of credibly accused priests and clergy published […]

California Latest State to Consider “Look Back” Legislation in Abuse Cases

The climate for change and reform of existing laws regarding the sexual abuse of minors has never been hotter than it is right now.  In the wake of the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report and the Cardinal McCarrick debacle, state legislators across the country are feeling pressure to introduce bills that will allow survivors of sexual […]

Idaho Priest Sentenced to 25 Years for Child Porn

The Rev. W. Thomas Faucher, 73, will spend the next 25 years behind bars for his conviction on two counts of distribution of sexually exploitative material, two counts of possession of sexually exploitative materials, and one count of drug possession. Foucher had served as a longtime priest in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Boise until […]

Jesuits West Publish List of Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse

The Jesuits of the West have released the names of 111 members of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse. This report follows a similar recent disclosure from the Jesuits Central and Southern Province. Jesuits West Province includes Arizona, Alaska, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington, […]

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