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Chartwell Manor Preparatory School Attorney

Representing Victims of Abuse at Chartwell Manor in New Jersey

Chartwell Manor Preparatory School in New Jersey closed in the 1980s, and soon after, headmaster Terrence Lynch pled guilty to multiple accounts of child sexual abuse of students, sentenced to 14 years in state prison. Other staff members were also accused of abuse. However, many of the young students did not recognize that they were abused until many years later into their adulthood. By then, it was too late to take action to hold the institution accountable due to the previous statute of limitations in New Jersey.

In 2019, an updated law went into effect in New Jersey that greatly expanded the rights of child sex abuse victims to bring legal claims against abusers. The new statute of limitations opens the door for many people to seek justice for the harm they suffered as children, including as students at Chartwell Manor.

If you previously believed you had no legal options as a child sex abuse victim at Chartwell Manor, the New Jersey Victims’ Rights Bill has changed this.  Leonard Legal Group is representing sex abuse victims and helping them get the justice they deserved against their abusers and facilitating institutions. We are here to help, so please feel free to contact us for a free and confidential discussion about your rights.

Filing Child Sex Abuse Lawsuits

The new statute of limitations in New Jersey allows child sex abuse victims the right to file a civil lawsuit seeking damages within seven years of when they discovered the abuse or until the age of 55. This is important because many sexual abuse victims do not recall or recognize the abuse for many years into adulthood.

Importantly, the law opened a two-year window starting December 1, 2019, that allows anyone who suffered child sex abuse – no matter how old they are or how much time has passed – to file a civil action. This allows people who would not qualify under the expanded statute of limitations a period of time to seek justice. This is a short period of time, however, so it is important to speak to a trusted sex abuse attorney as soon as you can. Lawsuits can help you obtain damages from responsible parties for physical harm, your pain and suffering, as well as other losses.

Contact a Chartwell Manor Preparatory School Claims Lawyer for Assistance

Many people have lived in silence about their child sexual abuse by employees of private schools, churches, and other establishments. Now, victims of abuse in New Jersey have the chance to have their voices heard and to hold parties accountable for the mental and physical harm they endured. Our legal team at Leonard Legal Group is compassionate, and we understand the difficult nature of these cases. Our New Jersey sex abuse attorney is ready to fight for justice for former students of Chartwell Manor and other victims. Please call 973-984-1414 or contact us online for your no-cost, no-obligation consultation today.