Attorneys Michael Bigos and Timothy Kenlan Represent Augusta Man in Childhood Sexual Abuse Lawsuit Against Special Olympics Maine

Berman & Simmons attorneys Michael Bigos and Timothy Kenlan who specialize in sexual abuse cases are taking legal action against Special Olympics, Inc. and Special

Special Olympics Maine
Our client wants to hold Special Olympics National and Special Olympics Maine accountable for the abuse that he suffered.

Olympics Maine on behalf of an Augusta man who endured extensive abuse during his childhood in the 1960s and 1970s. The survivor, subjected to repeated abuse by Melvin “Mickey” Boutilier over a decade, suffered at Boutilier’s home office, various Special Olympics events, and even during Special Olympics business trips. Notably, the survivor was not a Special Olympics athlete.

Melvin “Mickey” Boutilier, the founder of Special Olympics Maine
Melvin “Mickey” Boutilier, the founder of Special Olympics Maine, groomed a 9-year-old boy for sexual abuse that spanned two decades.

Berman & Simmons sex abuse lawyer Michael Bigos stated, “Our client has stepped forward now thanks to changes in Maine legislation allowing adults to pursue legal action against their childhood abusers. He seeks justice and accountability. Special Olympics National and Special Olympics Maine must be held responsible for the trauma he endured. During that period, organizations with authority over children, particularly those vulnerable, were aware of the risks of sexual abuse perpetrators. We contend that The Special Olympics failed to adequately warn, train, and prevent against the known dangers of child sexual abuse.”

Following the lifting of the statute of limitations by the Maine Legislature, Berman & Simmons represents over 100 survivors of childhood sexual abuse in claims against summer camps, private schools, youth organizations, and many religious groups.

Legal action can be pursued against various types of sexual abuse perpetrated by authority figures, with some of the most common forms including sexual assault, sexual harassment, grooming, and exploitation. Sexual assault involves any non-consensual sexual contact or behavior, ranging from unwanted touching to rape. Sexual harassment involves unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature that creates a hostile or offensive environment. Grooming refers to the process by which a coach builds trust and emotional connection with a victim for the purpose of sexual exploitation. This can involve manipulation, gifts, favors, or other tactics to establish control over the victim. Exploitation occurs when an authority figure abuses their position of authority or trust to engage in sexual activity with a minor, taking advantage of the power differential for their own gratification. These reprehensible actions can have devastating consequences for victims, but legal recourse exists to hold perpetrators accountable for their reprehensible behavior.

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