In recent weeks, at least 40 men have come forward alleging that when they were younger, former Olympian Conrad Mainwaring subjected them to severe sexual and psychological abuse. While Mainwaring was arrested in Los Angeles in June 2019, many of his victims are now considering civil legal action against the educational institutions that failed to protect them.
As a nationally-recognized sexual abuse attorney, our attorney Taylor Rayfield is leading the legal charge on this case, serving as representation for the first two accusers, Robert Druger and John Shapiro. She is also joined by Attorney Kat Thomas of Thomas LaBarbera Counselors at Law, P.C.
About the Mainwaring Sexual Abuse Lawsuits
In the lawsuits, the two plaintiffs allege that Mainwaring abused them during the mid-to-late 1970s and early 1980s, while he was working as a camp counselor at Camp Greylock and attending graduate school at Syracuse University. In addition to these two institutions, Robert Druger’s lawsuit also names Syracuse School District, as he alleges that he was assaulted while at Nottingham High School. According to the complaints, Mainwaring used so-called “physiotherapy” sessions as an excuse to commit heinous acts of sexual abuse, molestation, and misconduct with his students. He also manipulated his victims by promising to make them stronger and faster athletes.
When organizations like Camp Greylock, Syracuse University refuse to acknowledge or investigate repeated sexual abuse within their walls, they can be held civilly liable for damages. As Attorney Rayfield shared in the recent press release, “These lawsuits are about holding the organizations accountable for turning a blind eye to [Mainwaring’s] predatory behavior and failing to protect young athletes.”
Statute of Limitations for Sexual Abuse Claims
Thanks to the 2019 Child Victims Act, the statute of limitations for civil sexual abuse claims in New York has now been extended up to the age of 55, as part of an ongoing effort to make it easier for childhood victims of abuse to come forward. Additionally, New York has implemented a one-time “lookback window,” which lifted the statute of limitations on previous sex abuse cases (like Druger and Shapiro’s) between August 14, 2019 and August 14, 2020.
If anyone has further information regarding Mainwaring’s serial abuse, our team at Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP invites them to come forward at this time. With over 100 years of combined legal experience and a commitment to representing victims of negligence, we aim to hold individual abusers and their organizations responsible for perpetuating institutional sex abuse.
Call us at (866) 634-4525 or contact us online to discuss a sexual abuse claim today.