Former Library Director Accused of Child Abuse

Former Library Director Accused of Child Abuse

A library director, who suddenly quit his job last spring, is now being accused of sexually abusing children at his former place of employment.

The man has been charged with two counts of raping a child during his extended employment at the Haverhill public library.

Sexual Abuse Charges

A suit has been filed against Howard Curtis, the city of Haverhill, and the local council of the Boy Scouts of America by a man who claims Curtis sexually abused him nearly twenty years ago.

The man claims he was abused while he was a Boy Scout and Curtis was an assistant leader and he was also taken advantage of while Curtis worked as a library page.

The plaintiff says Curtis repeatedly molested him when he was a boy scout at the age of 10, then again when he was 13 and working at the library.

The man says he was often asked to work late at the library, and then lured into performing sexual acts with Curtis.

Defendant Quits Job

Curtis recently reported at a library meeting that he was no longer going to continue to work at Haverhill.

“ Mr. Curtis worked at the library for a period of time; he no longer works there; and a separation agreement was reached,” explained Ronald Rappaport, a member of the town council.

Consequences of Abuse

As a consequence of the repeated abuse, the plaintiff reportedly has spent a great deal of time at various mental health facilities and is currently in therapy.

The suit has charged Curtis with sexual harassment, infliction of emotional distress, negligence, and sexual battery.

The city has been charged with sexual harassment, negligence and emotional distress.

Similar charges have been made against the Boy Scouts of America.

The plaintiff is seeking awards for damages, costs, attorneys’ fees and punitive damages.

(Source: The Martha’s Vineyard Times)

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