Contact: Diana Everstine, Ph.D.
Phone: 408-342-0612

JURY AWARDS $30 MILLION TO EX-FOSTER CHILD IN SAN JOSE MOLESTATION CASE San Jose, CA -- John Doe was 11 years old when he was placed in the foster home of John Hardy Jackson in Mountain View, California. There, Doe was forced into more than 600 acts of sexual abuse by Jackson from December 1995 to March 1999. Jackson was convicted of his abuse of Doe and other victims in 2006 and is currently serving a 200+ year sentence. A local psychologist, Diana S. Everstine, Ph.D., and a retired police chief, Chief Lucy Carlton (ret.), were essential expert witnesses who helped a youth who suffered years of emotional and sexual abuse to receive a jury verdict of $30 million dollars for the emotional suffering that he endured.

The jury found the Giarretto Institute, which was licensed by the State of California to supervise the Jackson home, 75 percent responsible for the injuries to the child and Jackson 25 percent responsible.

“Although this very large jury award will not take away the boy’s trauma, it will show him, for the first time in his life, that there is justice in this world,” Dr. Everstine said. This verdict is the largest in California this year for a single person sex abuse case. The plaintiff was represented by attorneys Steven Estey and Donald Beck of Estey & Bomberger, LLP, in San Diego, California.

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For more information, please call Dr. Everstine or Chief Carlton at 408-342-0612 or e-mail them.