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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Hayes & Other Victims File Class-Action Suit Against The City

A class-action lawsuit has been launched against the city today by the alleged victims of former Saint John police officer Kenneth Estabrooks.

According to documents filed today by Bobby Hayes, he and other people were sexually assaulted by Estabrooks for decades while--according to the statement of claim--the City and the SJPD ignored the fact that Estabrooks was a predator. Since then, it says the city has demonstrated a "callous disregard and complete lack of care for the Plaintiff and Class Members."

Further, the statement of claims says the abuse caused Hayes and the other victims anxiety, PTSD, depression, loss of income earning ability, psychological injuries and more. Hayes and the other victims are asking for the city to apologize and for compensation and damages.

According to Haye's solictor, John McKiggan, the case could take years to resolve depending on how the city responds--and in similar class-action suits against the Catholic Church, requested damages have been as much as $15 million.