McGowan, Hood, Felder & Phillips Files Federal Sexual Misconduct Lawsuit, Names National Figure Skating Governing Body

McGowan, Hood, Felder & Phillips, LLC has filed multiple lawsuits against multiple parties on behalf of survivors who say they were sexually abused by their skating coach. S. Randall “Randy” Hood and Chad McGowan, and Bakari Sellers, Jessica Fickling, Alexandra Benevento, and Pete Strom of Strom Law Firm, are representing the victims. We have reason…

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Youth Pastor Charged with First-Degree Sexual Exploitation, Voyeurism

Another youth pastor has been arrested for inappropriate sexual behavior. This time, it’s 35-year-old Daniel Kellan Mayfield from the First Baptist Gowensville Church in Landrum. According to WBTV, Mayfield “admitted to videotaping a woman while she was in the shower May 27…. Following this incident, deputies in Greenville County investigated and discovered that Mayfield allegedly…

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McGowan, Hood, Felder & Phillips Files Sexual Abuse Lawsuit Against SBC

McGowan, Hood, Felder & Phillips, LLC, has filed two lawsuits against the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), the South Carolina Baptist Convention, the Northside Baptist Church, and former youth pastor Michael D’Attoma on behalf of our clients, “Jane Doe One” and “Jane Doe Two.” The lawsuits seek damages from all parties for the abuse our client…

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Talk to Your Kids About the Dangers of Online Sex Predators

A recent sting operation in St. Paul, Minnesota underscores the nationwide problem of online sex trafficking. Although sex trafficking historically occurs as a physical interaction, as the internet and messaging apps evolve, so do opportunities for sex predators to find victims. The National Human Trafficking Hotline defines sex trafficking as “the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision,…

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As Churches Reckon With Sex Abuse, What Happens to the Victims?

Many people and families put their faith and trust in the church and other religious institutions. Sadly, and more often than we realize, those institutions let them down in the most devastating ways. When religious leaders take advantage of their authority and use that power to commit sexual abuse within the church, they must be…

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Three Women Allege Sexual Assault by Parole Officer in Aiken County

A recent lawsuit filed by three Aiken County women alleges their parole officer repeatedly sexually assaulted them over a period of two years while they were under the supervision of the South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services (SCDPPPS). The women, referred to in the lawsuit as Jane Doe-1, Doe-2 and Doe-3, were…

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Seven Former Paperboys Sue Newspaper for Sexual Abuse

Two former paperboys for a Gannett-owned newspaper in Rochester, NY have filed lawsuits alleging the paper and its parent company failed to protect them against a sexual predator on staff. This brings the total number of complaints against the publication (so far) to seven. The lawsuits, filed in September by two Rochester-area men, claim that…

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