GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The previous Detroit Tiger and New York Yankee discovered responsible of sexually assaulting 4 women at Lakewood Excessive Faculty can pay one in every of his victims $1.eight million.
The sufferer and her father have been questioned in Grand Rapids Federal Courtroom Thursday by Chad Curtis, who appeared by way of video from his jail cell.
The now 22-yr-previous lady needed to endure questioning from the person she as soon as thought-about a task mannequin in athletics and morality, who as an alternative betrayed her belief by sexually assaulting her in a darkish room off Lakewood Excessive Faculty’s weight room when she was sixteen.
However as traumatic because the assault was, the remedy she suffered from her friends and the Lakewood group left simply as many scars.
“Our pals, her associates, utterly deserted her,” the sufferer’s father testified. “She’s by no means been the identical.”
Curtis, who went from the main leagues to working as an element-time highschool weight coach, is within the fourth yr of a 7- to fifteen-yr sentence after he was discovered responsible of assaulting the teenager women between the summer time of 2011 and the autumn of 2012.
In his 2013 trial, the primary witness towards him was a woman he had been teaching for 3 years.
The woman and Curtis shared their religion and she or he turned greatest buddies with Curtis’ daughter, who was the identical age and she or he stated she additionally beloved his toddler son.
She stated in courtroom right now that it was her love of his household, and her assailant’s declare that he was sorry and would by no means do it once more she stated made her determine to maintain quiet for eight months.
That modified when different women got here ahead saying that they had additionally suffered abuse at his palms.
That led the woman who was a star athlete with schools taking a look at her for scholarships to return ahead.
Curtis wouldn’t admit his guilt however would name the sufferer’s liars. Even in courtroom Thursday, Curtis maintained that his sufferer was committing perjury and fraud.
However she would inform Decide Janet Neff that her life has been shattered by her remedy by Curtis and the individuals she thought-about her pals.
She was stigmatized, remoted, the topic of private assaults in individual and on social media that led to her altering her telephone quantity and even faculties in her senior yr.
“They have been like wolves,” her father stated of her highschool friends.
Her father, her sister and a social employee testified about how a woman who was as soon as outgoing and widespread now finds it unimaginable to type friendships and belief individuals.
She has not been capable of…