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User Info: paulo_yamato

3 years ago#1

Pleasant Ridge police chief accused of 1990 sexual assault

Accused of sexually assaulting a teenager in 1990, Pleasant Ridge’s police chief is being sued in federal court.

Kevin Nowak, a former Garden City police officer, is listed as one of eight defendants in a lawsuit filed by a Garden City woman who was 15 and 16 when the alleged assaults occurred. Garden City is also listed as a defendant.

The Oakland Press generally does not disclose the names of sexual assault accusers.

Nowak said he could not speak at length about pending litigation but he did offer a brief statement.

“I, as well as the other people named, deny all these allegations and we look forward to our day in court to prove that these (accusations) are false and these charges will be dismissed,” Nowak said.

The complainant seeks damages in excess of $75,000 against each defendant, as well as any other relief deemed proper.

The plaintiff, who filed the complaint in U.S. District Court in Detroit, said she was a member of the Garden City Police Explorer Post from 1989 through 1993. The organization, sponsored by Garden City and its police department, offered teenagers the chance to participate in police training, patrol ride-alongs and other police-related activities.

In January 1990, when the plaintiff was 15, she went with Nowak on a ride-along. Nowak was a patrol officer and traffic detail officer in Garden City at the time.

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User Info: atmasabr

3 years ago#2

I'm not declaring a verdict on a 1990 case. Isn't there a statute of limitations? This is like Bill Cosby all over again, only at least this time someone recent came forward.

(It's federal court. The rules are different.)

I think it's harassment.

"Recovered Memory: Stopping the Clock

Statutes of limitations are intended to encourage the resolution of legal claims within a reasonable amount of time. Courts and legislatures have had to reconsider the purpose of time limits in dealing with the controversial issue of Recovered Memory by child Sexual Abuse victims. For the most part, the clock has been stopped until a victim remembers the abuse.


Legislatures have been urged to amend their statutes of limitations to permit recovered memory plaintiffs to sue their abusers. Between 1989 and 1995 24 states had amended their laws. By 2003, 42 states had codified some form of a recovered-memory law on their books, while one state admitted recovered-memory evidence pursuant to its Common Law rules. Typically recovered-memory laws provide that the action must be filed within a certain number of years after the plaintiff either reaches the age of majority or knew or had reason to know that sexual abuse caused the injury. Because of these judicial and legislative changes, many lawsuits have been filed alleging child sexual abuse that occurred many years before, sometimes as long as 20 years earlier."

Oh, no! It's worse than Cosby. It's Freud!
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