MOUNT PEARL, Newfoundland and Labrador--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Lynn Moore of Morris Martin Moore and Alan Regal of Cooper Regal announce the victims of serial child sexual abuser Maurice Cloughley reached an important milestone in Court today. Justice Charlesworth of the Nunavut Court of Justice ordered that the Government of Nunavut is liable for the sexual assaults Cloughley committed on young school children. Lawyers for the Government of Nunavut agreed the Territorial Governments should take responsibility for Cloughley’s actions and that the Court should grant judgment to the Plaintiffs.
The identities of the survivors and the communities where they lived have been banned from publication to protect their privacy. The abuses happened in remote Nunavut communities starting in September of 1974 and continuing until the spring of 1979. There are approximately 45 victims who have come forward to date. Some of these victims testified in Cloughley’s criminal trial which took place in 1996. The criminal trial scratched the surface in terms of the number of victims. Cloughley was sentenced to ten years in prison.
At the Court hearing on Monday, February 22, 2021 lawyers for the victims and the Government indicated to the Judge both sides were hoping to settle the case soon. Lawyer Lynn Moore says: “This ruling is very important because we are in a much better bargaining position now that the Court has agreed with us that the Government is responsible. Our clients have been waiting for justice for years and are finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel”.
For further information, please contact Lynn Moore or Alan Regal or visit www.cloughleysexualabuseclassaction.ca.