SAN JOSE, Calif. (KCBS)_ One of the largest jury awards ever for a sex-abuse case in California has been awarded in Santa Clara County. 

The victim was sexually abused repeatedly over the course of several years by his foster father.

This week the San Jose jury awarded the man $30 million to be paid by the Giaretto Institute, the foster agency that failed to investigate the abuse, and the former foster father John Hardy Jackson, who was convicted in 2006.

Starting when he was 11, the victim was forced into more than 600 acts of sexual abuse in his Mountain View foster home.

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 Steve Estey is the attorney for the man who is now 25-years-old.

“There was a ton of harm done here.  To be molested, abused, raped three to four times a week for four years, I mean the jury understood that and they realized the consequences of that harm and they compensated him”, said Estey.

 The foster father is now serving a 220-year prison sentence.

Comments (2)
  1. Loyola_Alum says:

    Jesuits Settled Case With Abused Men
    Society of Jesus paid two mentally retarded victims, who worked at a Bay Area retreat center, a total of $7.5 million

    The California Province of the Jesuit Order agreed to pay $7.5 million to two mentally retarded men who said they were sexually abused for years by Jesuits at a retreat in Northern California, according to sources who participated in the negotiations. [This was during the tenure of Jesuit Provincial Thomas Smolich, who was then promoted to be the highest Jesuit USA official with offices in Washington, DC.]

    One of the defendants, Father Edward Thomas Burke, 81, was sentenced to two years in state prison for molesting one of the victims for several years. Burke had pleaded guilty to committing a lewd act on a dependent adult, a felony.

    The case came to the attention of authorities after top Jesuit officials quietly relocated Burke in April 2000 after he admitted engaging in sexual misconduct. Instead of notifying authorities, the Jesuit leaders moved Burke to a residence at Santa Clara University.

    Burke was the fifth Jesuit in Northern California ordered to register as a sex offender for life. All five have resided at the Sacred Heart retreat center. Brother Charles Leonard Connor was also convicted committing a lewd act on the other victim. He is free after serving six months of home detention.

    Bishop Accountability website

  2. Marian Mattz MA says:

    To Attorney Estey- Congratulations! ! ! For me personally, it was a breath of fresh air to read of U winning this case. U have every reason to be proud, and I am especially happy and please for your clent. I am a retired social worker -officially representing the Hoopa Valley Tribe for 15 yrs in sexual, physical and emotional abuse. in Humboldt County Superior Court. I do know abt. Giarretto Inst. Again U have every reason to be pleased & proud. Marian Mattz, MA

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