More people are continuing to speak out and demand justice after surviving childhood sexual abuse in Maryland juvenile detention and youth treatment centers. Represented by Levy Konigsberg Attorneys Jerome Block and Clark Binkley, 13 individuals have filed a sexual abuse lawsuit against the State of Maryland for its failure to protect them from repeated sexual abuse while confined as juveniles at the Good Shepherd Services treatment center. Our legal team has been investigating sexual abuse claims from former Good Shepherd Services residents, and we are now taking legal action using the Maryland Child Victims Act.

Good Shepherd was a residential treatment center for children, until it was closed in 2017 following widely publicized incidents of abuse. Though Good Shepherd was run by a private religious organization, the State of Maryland regularly sent children in need of mental health care to the facility, forcing these children into confinement in a cruel and inhumane environment where they suffered horrific sexual abuse. As detailed in the lawsuit, the State’s indifference to conditions at the facility meant that children who were the responsibility of the State (as part of the juvenile justice or foster care systems) were abandoned to a traumatizing, prisonlike environment where they were regularly sexually abused by the counselors, teachers, and other facility staff who were supposed to be looking out for them.

According to the lawsuit, many different staff at Good Shepherd were involved in sexual abuse, such as:

  • Guards
  • Counselors
  • Teachers
  • Supervisors
  • And others

Despite the widespread sexual abuse of children at Good Shepherd, little was done by the State of Maryland to protect these children or to punish their abusers. It is this pattern of negligence from the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services, Department of Human Services, and Department of Health that has prompted the recent filing of this and similar sexual abuse lawsuits in Maryland. The state government’s shocking negligence in its failure to stop the sexual abuse of children in a treatment facility to which it committed vulnerable children is highlighted in the Good Shepherd lawsuit.

Leading the Way for Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse

With the Maryland Child Victims Act (“CVA”) of 2023, which permanently eliminated the statute of limitations for filing civil lawsuits in cases of child sexual abuse, former residents of facilities like Good Shepherd can seek justice and compensation, even for abuse that occurred many years ago. Levy Konigsberg and its team of dedicated trial attorneys are at the forefront of CVA litigation, having filed some of the first CVA lawsuits about the widespread sexual abuse in Maryland’s juvenile detention facilities.

In announcing the Good Shepherd lawsuit filed on behalf of 13 individuals, Levy Konigsberg Partner Jerome Block stated:

“Our courageous clients were all children in need of help when they were sent to Good Shepherd. Instead, they suffered horrific sexual abuse at the hands of staff members. The state of Maryland sent the most vulnerable children in its care to this facility and then failed to protect them.”

In late 2023 and early 2024, Levy Konigsberg filed lawsuits on behalf of 150 men and women who had been sexually abused as children at Maryland’s Cheltenham Youth Detention CenterThomas J.S. Waxter Children’s CenterCharles H. Hickey, Jr. School, and a dozen other juvenile detention centers. These lawsuits were covered by the Baltimore Sun and the Associated Press, in articles highlighting the stories of the brave survivors whose voices are finally being heard. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5].

Levy Konigsberg, and co-counsel Brown Kiely LLP, represent over 500 such survivors of sexual abuse at Maryland’s juvenile detention facilities and plans to continue fighting tirelessly on their behalf.

Levy Konigsberg is a nationwide trial law firm with a proven track record of representing survivors of sexual abuse. We have the strength, size, and resources needed to file lawsuits against government agencies, religious groups, medical institutions, and more. If you want to know if you can file a claim for sexual abuse that occurred at the Good Shepherd Services treatment center, or other juvenile detention or youth treatment centers in Maryland, then speak with our team today.

We are leading the way for lawsuits against many Maryland juvenile detention facilities, such as:

Please call (800) 315-3806 now and request a free, initial consultation with our firm.


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