Three families are suing the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to obtain information surrounding allegations of child rape and sexual abuse at a daycare center at Bridgewater State University.
Attorneys Carmen Durso and Kathy Jo Cook filed the suit in Suffolk Superior Court on Monday morning seeking information on what happened to four children in the daycare program, when the events took place, who knew about them, what was done about it and what they failed to do to protect the children, whose ages range from 2 to 5-years-old. The lawsuit does not seek any monetary damages.
“Nothing is more devastating to a parent than to find out that their child is the victim of sexual abuse,” Durso said. “The next worst thing is learning slowly over a period of time that your children’s care providers might have prevented or diminished the harm.”
Kyle Loughlin, 21-year-old BSU student of Wrentham was charged with two counts rape of child and three counts of aggravated indecent assault and battery on a child under 14 while he worked at the Bridgewater State Children’s Center. The director of the center, Judith Ritacco, was fired for failing to report suspicions.
Durso said that BSU has been illusive in handing over facts and information regarding this scandal. Last month, The Brockton Enterprise filed a request for public records and was told that it would cost them $60,000. Parents who have scheduled private meetings with administrators have had their meetings canceled and their attempts to obtain basic information have been unsuccessful.
A mother of two of the victims, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said that she observed concerning symptoms in her children that lead her to believe that something was awry.
“We want to know what happened, who was involved in withholding information and simply what days Kyle was working,” she said. “Being unable to get any answers and conflicting information only adds to our duress. Our children cannot communicate to us what happened because they do not understand.”
The outcome of Monday’s lawsuit will determine whether or not more action will be taken in pursuit of monetary damages.
“We’re not talking about some little daycare down the corner, we’re talking about the second largest public university in Massachusetts and a very important organization in the Commonwealth,” Durso said.