Virginia: Sexual Abuse – a Lawyer’s Settlement

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On December 9, 2009, Mr. Waterman obtained confidential settlement of a sexual abuse case. It resolved the Federal civil lawsuit of Zaruba v. Brooks, No. 4:09cv86 in the Newport News Division of United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

The sexual abuse victim in Zaruba sued for being molested as a child. The Defendant previously had pleaded guilty criminally to the reduced offense of “aggravated sexual battery”.

The victim having a criminal guilty plea by the accused is invaluable to a successful civil suit. Otherwise, the sexual abuse alleged stands to be a hotly disputed core issue at civil trial.